If your child is already a competitive swimmer, taking advanced lessons or is on the path to becoming a competitive swimmer, there are some facts about wearing contact lenses that you may not know, and should.
To start, water sports and pool activities have the highest rate of sports eye injuries, and are the leading youth sport categories of eye injuries.
Eye Infection-Related Injuries Caused by Contact Lenses
Eye infections can be considered eye injuries, technically. Pool water is chlorinated, which increases the chances of your child contracting an infection, even if the pools are well and properly maintained and cleaned on a regular basis.
If kids are wearing contact lenses, even under swim goggles, they are automatically more susceptible to eye infections. This is because bacterial contamination to the eye is more likely with the presence of the contact, even if it has been cleaned properly (contacts should never be exposed to water and the FDA recommends only using a proper contact cleaning solution for lenses). Microbes and viruses can find their way into the pores of the contact lens and ultimately cause an eye infection, or worse, a corneal ulcer.
Prescription Swim Goggles Offer the Best Eye Protection
It’s always best for you child to war prescription goggles when swimming, though swim goggles are always recommended for use whether your child needs a prescription or not, especially if they also wear contacts.
Minimize Risk of Eye Injury with Liberty Sport Prescription Goggles
All Liberty Sport youth swim goggles are designed to fit a prescription. Wearing these goggles greatly reduces the risk of eye infection that comes along with wearing contacts while swimming.
Our FrogEye and Shark Kids models are designed exclusively for children and allow for the optimal view both in and out of the water.
FrogEye Prescription Swim Goggles Collection
FrogEye goggles are a two-lens goggle solution offering the best visibility both above and below the water. The plano-clear lens is crystal clear and allows for optimal light transmission. The interior lens is the corrective prescription lens designed to allow a full prescription range. This is a one-of-a-kind goggle design that is like looking into a fish tank.
Shark Kids Water Sports Goggles are for Adults, Too!
Designed for the competitive youth swimmer, Shark Kids goggles provide lap after lap of comfort and a clear view as your child cuts through the water. With an easy prescription-insertable design, an adjustable nose bridge for comfort, and a comfort-designed silicone strap, these goggles come with a yellow tint lens that enhances light transmission for a clear underwater view.
But Shark watersports goggles aren’t just for kids! Liberty Sport also offers them for adults, so that you can enjoy the water alongside your kids. Check out all three goggle styles!
Shark Kids goggles are available with or without a prescription and are unmatched in performance and clarity.
As a reminder, recent data from Prevent Blindness shows that more eye injuries occur from water and pool-related activities than any other sport in 2015. This even outpaced basketball, which dropped to number two on the list. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that over 6,000 eye injuries (6,633 to be exact) occur each year in the U.S.
So please stay safe, and leave your contacts out of your eyes while swimming. Wear appropriate prescription goggles to protect your vision and see clearly while enjoying this fun activity.