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See Under the Sea & in the Swimming Pool Too

Wear goggles for clear & healthy underwater vision

You don’t swim naked at a public beach or swimming pool, and you shouldn’t swim with naked eyes either! At the beach, it’s hard to know if ocean water is really clean and not polluted, and the sand and salt content can make your eyes sting. If you prefer swimming in a pool, remember that while pool water can be clean, that’s only because it’s packed with chlorine, which can seriously irritate your eyes, stripping away your lubricating film and causing redness, pain, and blurry vision.

Goggles are the ideal solution for protecting your delicate eyes against the harshness of water. Also, due to advanced materials and modern engineering of the lenses in swim goggles, they provide crisper underwater vision than ever before! Your knowledgeable Greenwell Springs eye doctor explains about the benefits and features of goggles:

Prescription goggles

If you normally need eyeglasses or contacts to see above water, our Greenwell Springs optometrist strongly recommends buying a pair of prescription goggles for underwater vision. For you to see, light rays reflect off an object, enter your eyes, and are focused on your retina clearly. However, light rays don’t function the same way when they are in water. That’s why the floor of a swimming pool appears higher up than it really is. In general, goggles correct this problem by creating an air-filled gap around your eyes. But this doesn’t give sharp sight to swimmers who need vision correction. If you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, you’ll need prescription goggles to see.

Wearing contact lenses and standard goggles

A lot of people are in the habit of wearing standard goggles over their contact lenses, instead of purchasing a pair of prescription goggles. What’s the problem with this? Actually, water is the problem.

Water in all bodies – lakes, pools, oceans, and hot tubs – is a natural breeding ground for bacteria and microorganisms. While your body and your eyes have a built-in defense system to protect against these menacing microbes, contact lenses interfere with your eye’s protection. Consequently, swimming with contact lenses increases your risk of getting an eye infection.

Acanthamoeba keratitis is an extremely hazardous eye infection caused by amoeba being trapped between your contact lens and your cornea. Sometimes, amoeba start to live in your eye, leading to corneal ulcers and permanent vision loss. This type of infection only happens to people who wear contact lenses, which underscores our Greenwell Springs eye doctor’s warning against swimming with contacts!

Now, we also realize that many people will insist on wearing contact lenses at the beach or pool – despite all of our warnings. If you’re one of those people, here are some tips to help you minimize the danger to your eye health:

  • Wear daily disposable contacts for swimming, since you throw them out after a single use. Remove them immediately after you come out of the water, rinse your eyes with artificial tears and replace your lenses with a new, clean pair.
  • Even if you’re didn’t fully dip into the water, if any drops fall into your eyes, remove your contacts immediately and throw them out, or disinfect them if you aren’t wearing disposables.
  • Never open your eyes underwater
  • Never go swimming and then doze off on the shore or poolside with your lenses still in your eyes

Top features for goggles – recommended by our Greenwell Springs optometrist

  • Prescription lenses, if you generally need eyewear with vision correction
  • Shatterproof lenses
  • Anti-fog treatment
  • Leak-free lenses that seal comfortably around your eyes
  • Built-in UV protection
  • Surfers should wear polarized lenses to protect against reflected glare, which can be very intense on the water
  • Competitive swimmers and divers should choose frames with a low profile
  • Recreational lap swimmers do best with larger lenses (they give wider peripheral vision), and more padded frames

More questions about swimming and vision? Ask our Greenwell Springs eye doctor!

Before you dive into the blue, sparkling waters at the beach or swimming pool, consult with an expert optometrist near you. We’ll help you find the safest way to have sharp underwater vision and a fabulous look! If you do experience irritated eyes, strange discharge, pain, sensitivity or redness after wearing your contact lenses while swimming, contact us immediately for an eye exam at Rogers Regional Eye Center.

DIGITAL EYEGLASS LENSES & HIGH DEFINITION VISION

Digital eyeglass lenses offer what the eye care industry considers “high definition” vision.

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Crafting Your Eyeglass Lenses
Traditionally, crafting your eyeglass lenses relies on a few standard measurements to ensure your frame and lenses are balanced with your eyes. However, since standard lenses use estimated measurements rather than what your actual visual needs are, your vision isn’t fully corrected. Not only can standard lenses lead to poor peripheral vision, but some patients find it hard to focus up close or at a distance. For high definition vision, one must rely on more than just an eye exam or skilled optician.

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High Def & Progressive Eyeglass Lenses in Greenwell Springs

Digitally surfaced lenses offer what the eye care industry considers “high definition” vision. Unlike standard lenses, digital lenses are designed based on your eyes’ unique shape and how they move. There are additional measurements that include more than just the distance between your eyes and the lenses. The complexity and subtle measurements needed to create digital lenses require computer-controlled surfacing equipment to precisely craft the lenses into the right shape rather than conventional tools. The various edges and grooves subtly etched into your new lenses will result in greater sharpness and flow with how your eyes see the world.

Plus, many progressive lens wearers prefer digital lenses as they can avoid bifocals or lined/split lenses. The design of digital progressive lenses can help you switch between near and far vision based on your lifestyle. Patients consistently share improvements with their visual acuity and enjoy wider zones of view between distance, intermediate, and near vision through their tailor-made, customized digital lenses.

Quick Facts About Digital Eyeglass Lenses

Digital lenses are available in single-vision, high-index and progressive (no-line bifocal) lenses.

Digital lenses are available in thin and light materials. (Ideal for long wear & high prescriptions.)

A great alternative to contact lens wearers.

Digital lens technology allows for surfacing of lenses in power increments of 0.01 diopter. Standard lenses using conventional surfacing tools can only allow for increments in powers from 0.125 to 0.25 diopters.

We Recommend High Definition Eyeglass Lenses for Everyone!

Adults and children equally can struggle with their eyeglasses, even if the frames fit well, don’t slide, and have additional lens treatments. Certain angles can still show up blurry or create visual distortions simply because of poor lens design. Eyestrain and poor reaction times can also occur in some patients who wear standard lenses.

No More Blurred Edges!

To maximize visual capabilities, everyone can benefit from the digitally surfaced lenses, such as improved visual field, better control of off-axis astigmatism and power error, and reduced magnification differences. Plus, your vision will stay clear no matter which direction you gaze and under any form of lighting. Digital lenses are an ideal option for anyone who wears their glasses outdoors, such as for jogging, nature walks, or light sports. We recommend adding lens treatments to protect your lenses from damage such as scratches.

Customized or Free-Form Digital Lenses are Designed:

  • Depending of the lenses position in front of the wearer’s eyes.
  • With the size of the frame in mind
  • Considering the relationship between your eye’s pupil and the outline of the frame
  • Upon where your gaze is positioned. How you look to the sides rather than straight ahead forms various angles between the eye and the back surface of the lens.

A digital lens takes these slight changes into consideration so your vision remains clear at all times. High-definition digital lenses guarantee the widest fields of vision without distortion for better peripheral vision and overall clarity. For progressive lens wearers, this also allows you greater control switching from near and far views.

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