Wearing glasses does not mean you have to stop enjoying swimming. Sure, wearing your eyeglasses can be a bit of a nuisance as they slip off your face whenever you go under water. It is better if you are not that dependent on your glasses, but if you are among those who cannot see clearly without glasses, then you might end up giving up swimming altogether. Now, before you do that, here are some tips on how you can enjoy swimming even if you are that dependent on your eyeglasses.
1. Use an elastic eye glasses cord
Eyeglasses cords or leashes are one sure way to keep those glasses from falling off your face and getting lost in the water. They are cheap and available at your local stores. The good thing about these elastic eyeglasses cords is that they now come in different colors and designs. In fact, you can even find cords made from different materials such as fancy chains and not just from rubber bands. One thing that you can do is to bring your glasses to the stop and try to fit the cords on your eyeglasses first so that you will have good fit.
2. Choose the Right Swimming Goggles
Swimming goggles now come in different shapes and sizes so with a little effort you might be able to find goggles that fit perfectly over your eyeglasses. Not only will you be able to wear swimming goggles, but they’ll also keep your glasses in place. The downside being that once you remove the goggles you’ll be back to the same problem of your glasses slipping off your face, especially now that they’re wet. Buying the right swimming goggles is best for those who are not that dependent on their glasses since they can just wear them when going under the water and take them off afterwards.
3. Prescription Swimming Goggles
If you regularly go swimming consider investing in prescription goggles. Your eye doctor may be able to help you get a quality pair at a cheap price. If you want, you can visit Sugarland Eye & Laser Center, the leading LASIK or laser eye surgery center in Houston. They can help you get a good pair of swimming goggles, eyeglasses or contact lenses.
4. Contact Lenses or Not?
That is actually the question when it comes to contact lenses. Some people would recommend that you get contact lenses for swimming or other activities. It works for some people, but not for all. They can cause eye irritation because it is easy for bacteria to become trapped in between the lens and the eye. In any case, if your eyes start feeling itchy, remove your contact lenses immediately to prevent further irritation. It is also best to use single-day use contact lenses. They are cheaper than the extended wear lenses. Another drawback of wearing contact lenses is that they can easily get lost. Nevertheless, it is worth a try, but it is best to have a back-up plan especially if you intend to spend a lot of time swimming.
5. Consider LASIK Surgery
Talk with the staff and doctors at Sugarland Eye & Laser Center and you may not need to wear glasses or goggles again. Doctors recommend not swimming for two weeks after your LASIK surgery. Then for the next six weeks you will need to use goggles as prescribed above. After that, with doctor’s permission, you are free to not use any glasses or goggles at all.
Sugarland Eye & Laser Center leads in providing premium LASIK technologies to Houston, Sugar Land, and the surrounding region. The Center’s award-winning medical director introduced revolutionary technologies such as iLASIK to the region. This technology is used by NASA astronauts, Navy SEALS and Air Force fighter pilots. At Sugarland Eye & Laser Center, you can now receive the same treatment. For more information, please call (281) 240-0478 or visit us at www.houston-lasik.com.
About the Author
Amjad Khokhar, M.D. is Chief LASIK Surgeon at Sugarland Eye & Laser Center. Add Dr. Khokhar on Google+ here.