Water can contain organisms that cause something called Acanthamoeba Keratitis. That’s a big word for a bad eye infection. Gross, right?
Soft lenses absorb water – and bacteria right along with it – so if you’re at the beach or the pool, it’s best to take them out.
Take out your lenses right away, and clean and disinfect them with OPTI-FREE®. Daily disposable lenses should be tossed. If you experience any redness, tearing, blurred vision, pain or the feeling like something is in your eye, call your eye doctor on the double. And remember to remove your lenses before you swim next time.
It’s a rare but serious infection of the eye that can result in permanent vision loss. This infection is caused by an Acanthamoeba organism that can be found in many bodies of water. Risk factors include storing and handling lenses improperly, not disinfecting lenses correctly, and swimming or showering with lenses, so make sure to take care of your lenses and your eyes by avoiding these bad habits.