Health Watch -- End of Summer: Swimming with Contact Lenses

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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about Labor Day weekend and the last gasp of summer. If your Labor Day plans include a trip to the lake or the local swimming hole, you should be sure not to wear your contact lenses while you're swimming.

Dr. Dwight Cavanagh, chairman of ophthalmology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says that's because there's an amoeba living in lakes, ponds and rivers that can bind to contact lenses and cause cornea damage that can lead to blindness. The infection is rare, but it's still a serious risk. You should also avoid bathing or taking a shower while wearing your contact lenses. See a doctor if your eyes become red and sore with decreased vision.



August 2006

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