What you can do if you forget to take out your child’s contact lenses
While many people are aware of the risks involved in swimming with contacts, that doesn’t seem to be enough to keep them from doing it anyway. In fact, 60% of contact wearers will go ahead and wear their lenses in the water, according to the report by Stevenson.
Unfortunately, we can drill our rules into our kid’s head as much as we want, but when they are at the pool or at the beach, they won’t always stop and remember. And let’s face it, if you have a kid with substantial vision impairment without contact lenses, it can be pretty difficult to go without their contacts.
If you or your child forget to take out their contacts before swimming, don’t panic. Take them out as soon as possible. Either dispose of them or disinfect with appropriate contact solution. Flush the eyes with fresh water.
To be extra safe, contact your eye care professional to make sure they are happy with what you’ve done as they may want to check up on your child’s eyes. Keep an eye out for redness of your child’s eye and get them to the doctor if any eye infection symptoms emerge.