When planning your summer vacation activities, here are some suggestions to keep in mind if you wear contacts:
- Remove your contacts before you go swimming. This is true for a pool, the ocean or a lake. Acanthamoeba, a microbe, can get under your lenses and cause irritation and infection.
- Fans and air conditioning can dry out your eyes. If you’re wearing contacts don’t let air blow directly into your eyes.
- Flying in airplanes can also cause dry and red eyes. Be prepared with eye drops or consider removing your contacts for the duration of the flight.
- Wear contact lenses with UV Protection. But understand that contacts don’t protect all of your eye, just the area that they actually cover.
- Wear sunglasses with UV protection to properly protect your eyes, whether you wear contacts or not.
- Wear a hat with a brim, such as a baseball hat to protect your eyes and face from the sun.
If you have any questions or concerns about your contact lenses, do not hesitate to contact one of our eye doctors. We just want to make sure that you just enjoy the summer!