Enjoying summer often means swimming and participating in water sports. Satish Modi, M.D., a LASIK Surgeon in NY commented on the risks and benefits of LASIK vs. contact lenses for swimming. “There is sufficient data and clinical information about swimming with contact lenses that we are quite clear that contact lenses and swimming are not a good combination,” stated Dr. Modi of Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and Carmel, New York. “Many more patients-even very successful contact lens wearers-finds this risk to be troubling and visit us as they are interested in discussing LASIK as an option,” said Dr. Modi.
It is generally known that wearing contact lenses for swimming and water sports and activities poses a risk of Acanthamoeba Keratitis, a potentially catastrophic eye infection of the cornea. Acanthamoeba Keratitis is caused by an organism present in all forms of impure water such as swimming pools, tap water, saunas, wells and even showers.
Contact lenses are really quite safe to wear if your follow proper care guidelines and instructions. However, if water restrictions such as swimming, bath tubs and showering are part of your daily routine, you do need to keep your lenses out. If this is an inconvenience or too much hassle LASIK may be an option to consider.
If you or someone you know has questions about swimming with contact lenses or participating in water sports with contact lenses or would like to learn more about LASIK or even schedule a Free LASIK Consultation please feel free to call Seeta Eye Centers and schedule an appointment by calling 845-454-1025 , visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.
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