Talkback: Can you wear contact lenses for swimming?

12 messages
28/04/2015 at 12:39
This is exactly my problem....but I always risk it and wear contact lens and plain goggles for a triathlon. If I lost my prescription goggles in the open water swim (and I have some really good ones which I always wear in the pool) I wouldn't even be able to see to get back to transition! And I'm scared og my prescription sunglasses being knocked off or broken if I fall on the bike.....
28/04/2015 at 21:22

I always take my lenses out for training and use prescription lenses in my goggles.  However for race day I wear my lenses and use plain goggles.  I've never had a problem such as loosing a lens.  Then straight into T1 and sunglasses.  Having said that I always have a spare pair of lenses in T1 bag.

28/04/2015 at 21:36
Never ever wondered about this and have used lenses extensively for watersports (windsurfing, surfing and swimming both in the pool and open water) for years without a problem. If it's rough I just go for disposables!
29/04/2015 at 12:14

No problems here either- use daily disposables. I don't like prescription goggles they make me feel sick.

30/04/2015 at 12:20

Daily disposables are the way to go.... no risk of infection if you 'dispose' of them once you take them out after the event!

02/05/2015 at 20:43
As someone who's fairly new to this can I ask what might be a really dumb question. I wear contacts and have goggles over the top. Unless I'm mistaken, don't the goggles stop the water getting in your eyes thus avoiding any infection potential ?
03/05/2015 at 10:21

Goggles do leak sometimes or... get knocked off. Hence dailies being ideal if it might get rough or if doing other water sports (like surfing).

03/05/2015 at 15:34

I have always used daily disposables for training and races with no problems so far. Has anyone tried to put in lenses in transition? Seriously?

18/05/2015 at 21:09

Aquasphere Eagle goggles with prescription lenses for training, always wear contacts for racing. I have also kitesurfed for several years and have never lost a contact yet and that includes big slams et al. Never had any problems with infections, but have always worn daily disposables

20/05/2015 at 13:00

Put goggles under swim hat to prevent goggles being knocked off too.

Edited: 20/05/2015 at 13:01
04/05/2018 at 19:52

There are more and more prescription goggle options popping up, and its what I always use.  I know the odds are slim, but the thought of someone kicking my goggles off while wearing contacts would just be such a showstopper. 

15/04/2019 at 09:58

I have been using Geo Color Contact Lens from past few year during my swimming practice session and it is easy to use and put. You can simply put swimming google to protect your lenses. 

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