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Okay, so I know I'm not supposed to wear contacts in the pool, but I'm going to be taking swim lessons, and I'm very, very blind. I assume I'll need to see something in the lessons. I can't afford prescription goggles or anything right now--<br><br>
So, anyone have experience with contacts in the pool... Is it that bad/worrisome?<br><br>
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I wear contacts in the pool all the time.<br>
With regular goggles.<br><br>
Only had trouble once, when my then 2 yr old niece splashed water in my face when I wasn't ready.<br><br>
I don't find that they're troublesome at all.<br>
BUT, I don't wear them all the time. I only wear them to workout. They don't correct my astigmatism enough to be useful with my computer work. So, glasses for work, contacts for working out and "touristing" (basically, whenever I don't have to do extended periods of reading).<br><br>
No contacts?<br>
Stitcher makes up her intervals.<br>
Stitcher makes up her intervals?<br>
Stitcher's swim coach throws kickboards at her.<br>
Wear contacts.
 

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I wear them all the time in the pool, body surfing, snorkling never had a problem. I wear disposables worse case scenario put another pair in.
 

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I'm blind as a bat and have worn contacts in the pool since I was 13 and have yet to loose one. If your contacts fit correctly there is little chance you will loose one and if you are to nervous about it you can get perscription goggles. Speedo has them all you have to do is match your perscription to the closest one they have. They work great too until you forget to take them off and walk out of the gym with them on... or you get back to your locker and see your glasses in there and wonder why you have your glasses when you have your contacts in.... I think I swim to early in the mornings!
 

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I don't know if you've priced prescription goggles - but they are very reasonable. My son wears them for his swim team, and I think they are only a couple of bucks more than regular goggles.<br><br><a href="http://www.swimoutlet.com/Prescription_Swim_Goggles_s/326.htm" target="_blank">http://www.swimoutlet.com/Prescripti...gles_s/326.htm</a>
 

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I've worn contacts with no problem with goggles on. I've lost a couple on occasion, but that's always been because I've gotten in the water WITHOUT putting on the goggles first (I'm stupid like that sometimes.)<br><br>
Prescription or diopter goggles are another option - I have a pair JIC I end up wearing my glasses to the pool or sumptin.
 

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I too wear contacts with no issues, but I had to look far and wide to get a pair of goggles with minimal leaking for my face. As long as you find a pair, you shouldn't have any probs........till you start swimming open water with the rowdies....! I keep extra contacts and a bottle of saline in my T1 bag in the event I loose one.
 

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I wear contacts too ... they can feel a little dry afterwards, but only if I get a little leakage during the swim.<br><br>
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I was very blind as well. No, I probably could not see the black line (nor anything else!) I got Lasik a couple years ago! Before that, though, I wore my contacts swimming, water skiing, etc... Wear goggles, and there should be no problem. I had disposables, so if I lost one, it wasn't a big deal. If you don't have disposables, just be extra careful! I don't think I ever lost one anyway.
 

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One day I'll get Lasik, too. As soon as my prescription has been stable for 2 years.<br>
When I first got my contacts, I slept in them overnight to see what it was like to be able to wake up and see the alarm clock in the morning. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> You good-sighted people don't know what you have!
 

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I'm in the blind category too. I tried to convince the USAF that I could fly jets as long as I had a seeing eye dog with me in the cockpit. They clearly lack a sense of humor~<br><br><br>
"Which way Rover?"<br><br>
"Woof!" <<aircraft rolls left>><br><br>
"Which way now Rover?"<br><br>
"Woof Woof!" <<aircraft rolls right>><br><br>
See? Fool proof!
 

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I am super blind - I could probably figure out the black line, but since I have no depth perception I would swim right into the side of the pool.<br><br>
I wear rigid gas permeable lenses, and I've been swimming in them for years. I wear the smaller aquasphere goggles, and am just VERY careful about never opening my eyes underwater if I don't have them on.<br><br>
My husband swims with his soft contacts all the time, no issues.
 

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Laser eye correction abso-freakin-lutely rocks. I hope your prescrip stabilizes soon. It is the most amazing thing on the planet!<br><br>
But yeah, before I got it, I used to wear my contacts with my goggles all the time. No problems.
 

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From my blog a few weeks ago...<br><br><span style="color:#0000FF;">I'm such a dork!</span><br><br>
This morning our masters workout was pretty good - I got in 3300 (I think...I tried to recount and couldn't come back up with that #, but it is what I had in my head when I got out of the pool, so I'm going with it).<br><br>
Our last big set was 6X100 pull, 6X100 swim with fins, and 6X100 swim. After that I was pretty tired and it was close to getting out time, but the coach decided we were going to finish with a few 25yd sprints. We could even, gasp, dive off the blocks if we wanted. We decided we were in the water already for #1, so we went off the wall. We were to get out at the other end and walk back, so we could dive for #2. I was uneasy about the whole prospect as soon as "dive" was mentioned. I'm a great diver actually - toes pointed and everything. Unfortunately my pointed toes don't help keep my goggles on. I immediately lept back to being 11 year old at the country club summer swim league and being scared then too about diving with my goggles.<br><br>
Well, I crawled up on the block, took my mark, and WENT! And so did my goggles! Right down around my face. Lovely. So I swam to the end, got out, and was done for the day. After a quick shower I leave the gym. As soon as I got outside I started to notice things looked a bit fuzzy. I couldn't see quite as well and began to wonder if I had lost a contact or 2 during my lovely dive. As I kept walking I looked around at things to see if I thought they looked fuzzy or not. When I was finally in my car I fished around for contacts in both eyes and NONE were to be found! I'm such a dork. My one dive with goggles in my adulthood resulted in me losing 2 contacts at once. They weren't daily contacts either - they are monthly ones that I just put in a week ago. Lesson learned: no more heroic diving for me at masters swimming. It is going to start costing me too much.
 
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