There’s nothing better than jumping into a pool, lake, river, or any body of water really, on a hot summer day. Swimming is great for your health; it’s easy on your joints while still being a great full-body workout. However, swimming is not always great for your eye health. Whether you’re wearing contact lenses or not, it’s important to know all about swimming and eye care. Here is an overview of swimmer’s eye and what swimming can mean for your eye health.

Tear Film
We have a thin layer of tears called a tear film that coats the surface of our eyes. This tear film keeps eyes moist and healthy. Chlorine and other pool chemicals can wash away that layer which leaves eyes uncomfortable and red. Without the tear film eyes are exposed to bacteria and increased dry eye. Wearing goggles can protect your eyes from the harsh chemicals in pools and you should always avoid opening your eyes under water.

Lake or River Swimming
Unlike the chlorine in pools, swimming in fresh water lakes or rivers can contain dangerous bacteria and other organisms that can be really harmful for eye health. The risks are even more prevalent in contact wearers. Due to hand/eye contact, it’s important for contact lens wearers to make sure their hands are completely dry before touching their eyes.
Regardless of where you’re swimming, your eyes are susceptible to infection. You can get pink eye from swimming due to the lack of that tear film. The best way to protect your eyes is to wear swim goggles. You can purchase prescription swim googles but ordinary ones work as well. Goggles aren’t just for kids and competitive swimmers; they are important for keeping your eyes safe while you’re enjoying the best part of summer swimming!