Philip Walsh - Swimming in your contact lenses

Publish Date
Friday, 24 March 2017, 1:16PM
Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

By Philip Walsh

With summer here, you might be wondering about the safety of swimming with contact lenses.

If you want to go swimming in your contact lenses then you first need to consider two points:

  • Firstly, it is possible for the contact lens to be washed out of your eye while you are under water.
  • Secondly, the lenses can absorb bacteria and chemicals present in the water, which will remain in contact with your eye until you remove your lenses. This may lead to discomfort and possibly infection.

If you are a regular swimmer, prescription-swimming goggles are a good alternative, and can be purchased through your local Specsavers store.  

Visit your local Specsavers for more information about prescription swimming goggles or check out


About Philip 

Philip is an experienced optometrist with a Bachelor of Optometry from Auckland University. He’s worked in the UK, Zimbabwe and is now the Optometrist Director at the Specsavers New Lynn store in Auckland, one of 52 Specsavers stores across the country. 

Improving access for all Kiwis to high-quality eye care and eyewear is Philip’s passion. What he loves about his role at Specsavers is providing all his patients with excellent customer service and professional eye care with the latest technology and knowledgeable well-trained staff.

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