Surfing with contacts?

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    Jan 20, 2011 1:36 AM GMT
    Does anyone do it? My suspicion is no. If you're nearsighted and need contacts/glasses, how do you adapt while surfing? I'm pretty much blind without mine.
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    Jan 20, 2011 2:29 AM GMT
    I don't wear mine, but I guess you could do it if you also wear swim goggles just to be safe.
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    Jan 20, 2011 2:34 AM GMT
    yep, call me dumb or whatever, but I surf and swim (goggles over) with contacts.Surfing is fine with contacts in as long as they're a good fit. I get some salty water every so often in my eyes and that kinda burns for a few minutes but nothing major.

  • brcm07

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    Jan 20, 2011 2:37 AM GMT
    I've done it twice with soft contacts on, no problem. You should take them out, rinse, and soak them once you get home though to reduce the possibility of an infection.
  • joarky123

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    Jan 20, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    i do it all the time. you just gotta be careful about opening your eyes underwater. it took me a few times to get use to it, but now i dont. and its not that big of a deal to quickly wipe the water out of your eyes while surfing.
  • allatonce

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    Jan 20, 2011 3:19 AM GMT
    I would be nervous. I guess that the goggle/sun glasses idea that as posted may be pretty expensive, but if you do ever get the money probably worth it. I don't wear contacts, but from what I understand they can be annoying when you are swimming and probably worse in ocean water.
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    Jan 20, 2011 4:47 AM GMT

    I have been wearing contacts since I was 18 in 68 and yes they had them then oK guys icon_eek.gif

    I got them so I could do spring board diving up to doing tower not a problem . I learned to swim with them without goggles, I do surf with them but only in Hawaii

    I don't wear soft but gas permeable because my vision is better with them. I tried soft but couldn't stand the loss of vision and clarity.

    I have only lost one contact in the water off tower but found it on the bottom in 16 feet.

    Learning to close your eyes when you hit water is crucial.
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    Jan 20, 2011 7:36 PM GMT
    i scuba dive with contacts and there are times when i need to clear my mask thats completely filled with water with my eyes open and ive never had a problem. if the contacts are a good fit they shouldnt pop out.
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    Jan 21, 2011 1:28 AM GMT
    Oh, I've been wearing contacts for years and years. Swam competitive (with goggles), scuba dived, and whitewater kayak (with a nose-free mask) with them in. Found regular goggles didn't work with kayaking, so I assume they wouldn't work with surfing, but my kayaking mask straps are usually protected by my helmet (which I don't wear surfing). Mostly it's getting out past the break point when I have to duck under the waves that I find tricky since I have to wipe my eyes when I come up and sometimes can't see the next wave in time.

    I've thought about getting my eyes lasered, but with my line of work, a complication could be a disaster. Still debating it though.
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    Jan 21, 2011 2:00 AM GMT
    I do...they get a little irritated, but I take em out and rinse em when I get done.


    Of course I'd be blind without them as well..


    (is that a shark or a plastic bottle?)
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    Feb 03, 2011 8:57 PM GMT
    bryanc_74 saidOh, I've been wearing contacts for years and years. Swam competitive (with goggles), scuba dived, and whitewater kayak (with a nose-free mask) with them in. Found regular goggles didn't work with kayaking, so I assume they wouldn't work with surfing, but my kayaking mask straps are usually protected by my helmet (which I don't wear surfing). Mostly it's getting out past the break point when I have to duck under the waves that I find tricky since I have to wipe my eyes when I come up and sometimes can't see the next wave in time.

    I've thought about getting my eyes lasered, but with my line of work, a complication could be a disaster. Still debating it though.


    I do for whitewater kayaking and for surfing. I've only lost a contact once when I got stuck in a hole, then carried to the bottom of the plunge pool on the river so I opened my eyes to figure out what was going on. I've always had the habit of closing my eyes under water unless I'm wearing goggles. I've never understood why people need to have them open. I've tried goggles but they get dirty, wet and fogged up. My vision is good enough to go without contacts but I like to begin reading a set from far away approach so I have some idea of how it is going to break. You don't want to end up get surprised by a clean up set. A guy at maverick nearly drown that way.
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    Feb 23, 2011 8:10 AM GMT
    I would go bodysurfing with swim goggles and contacts or wear my glasses to the beach and go blind. I've lost a few contacts in the water over the years.

    Eventually I got Lasix and am so happy I did. It's already paid for itself in the money I saved from the disposable contacts I don't have to buy.
  • cg220

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    Feb 23, 2011 8:59 AM GMT
    bryanc_74 saidDoes anyone do it? My suspicion is no. If you're nearsighted and need contacts/glasses, how do you adapt while surfing? I'm pretty much blind without mine.


    I surf with my contacts, I am blind as a bat without them. Usually not an issue. But I got smashed one time and one of them came out in the wash. But still was ok with the remaining one.

    Often think about lasik surgery...
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    Feb 23, 2011 9:07 AM GMT
    Dude I have surfed in my contacts since I was 18 and never lost one. I don't wash them out or anything that other people said. I wouldn't worry about it.
  • jkwbb004

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    Apr 02, 2011 3:11 PM GMT
    I usually use perscription sunglasses with a croakie holder so they dont sink if they fall off, or I eat it.