Contact lenses are great to wear at all times of the year; however, some common summer activities can require contact lenses wearers to make special accommodations. Following these tips will help ensure that your contact lenses are protected from damage and comfortable to wear throughout the summer.

Never Swim with Contact Lenses

Like glasses, contact lenses are not meant to be worn in the pool. If you spend a lot of time in the water and require a prescription lens in order to swim safely, talk to your optometrist about acquiring prescription goggles.

If you spend any time in a hot tub this summer, take off your contact lenses before getting in the water. Even if you don't plan to put your face under the water in the hot tub, germs and bacteria that live in the warm water can still splash into your eyes and cause an infection.

Wear Waterproof Sunblock

Sunblock that drips into your eyes or transfers from your hands to your eyes can really hurt when you're wearing contact lenses. To avoid problems, wear waterproof sunblock, because it's less likely to drip from your face to your eyes. When you apply sunblock to your body, be sure to wash your hands afterwards.

Have a Spare Pair of Glasses for Overnight Outdoor Activities

Many people who go camping find it difficult to maintain their normal contact lens care routines while sleeping in the wild. Before going on any camping trips, give thought to the way you care for your contact lenses and try to imagine how this would work while staying in a tent without access to a bathroom or plumbing. If you foresee problems maintaining your contact lenses during this time, talk to your optometrist about getting a spare pair of glasses for your trip.

Get UV Blocking Contact Lenses

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, either playing sports or doing yard work, UV blocking contact lenses can protect your eyes from the sun's harmful rays. Wearing contact lenses that block UV rays can help you avoid problems like cataracts in the future.

For more information about how you can get UV blocking contact lenses, or for more information about how you can protect your eyes and contact lenses this summer, make an appointment with an optometrist from a clinic like A New Vision. He or she can answer your questions and give you advice that will help you have a great summer wearing your contact lenses.