If you wear glasses or contact lenses, of course we are going to say that the best thing to use in a swimming pool is a pair of prescription swimming goggles. But is this really necessary? Aren’t contact lenses just as good?
In recent months there have been several reports about serious eye infections attributed to wearing contact lenses while swimming (e.g. Daily Mail).
In this case, a common water borne amoeba, Acanthamoeba, infected the eye. The Acanthamoeba organism, which can attach to contact lenses, causes a rare but serious condition called Acanthamoeba keratitis. This is characterised by:
• pain in the eye
• light sensitivity
• blurred vision
• a feeling of something in the eyes