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Don’t Wear Contact Lenses While Showering or Swimming

Avoid content lenses in water

Contact lens technology has improved drastically since the days when your only option was putting hard plastic chips on your eyeball. But even with all the optical advancements, there are still some activities doctors recommend that you avoid while wearing contacts — and you may be surprised to hear that that list includes showering and swimming.

As a former contacts-wearer (now a full-time glasses devotee), I remember how luxurious it felt wearing contacts in the shower and actually being able to see my legs while attempting to shave them. And the same went for swimming (minus the leg-shaving). But as it turns out, I really shouldn’t have been doing either activity while wearing contacts, and you probably shouldn’t either. Lifehacker spoke with two ophthalmologists about these safety issues. Here’s what you need to know.

Water and contacts don’t mix

The guidelines from the American Academy of Ophthalmology are pretty straightforward when it comes to showering or swimming while wearing contact lenses: they recommend not doing it.

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