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Old 01-07-2008, 04:59 PM
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Default Showering With Your Contact Lenses In

Is there anything wrong with showering in monthly disposable contact lenses? With dailies, it's not a big deal. If you shower at night, just take them out before you get in the shower and it's not an issue. If you prefer to freshen up in the morning, just wait until after your shower before putting in that day's contacts.
What about monthly contacts, though. Those you'd like to keep in for a bit, but we all know that swimming in contacts is a no-no. There's chlorine to worry about and opening your eyes underwater might cause them to fall out and you'd never ever find them.
Showering is different. It may not be good to get shampoo on your contacts, but everyone tried really hard not to get it in their eyes, contacts or no. It's a reasonable certainty that they won't fall out, so I don't see why you can't shower with your contacts in. Any other opinion are welcome. This is a discussion forum after all. Thanks.
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Old 01-09-2008, 02:22 PM
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Default Showering With Your Contact Lenses In

As far as I know there's no reason why you can't shower with your contact lenses in place. You're right that swimming with your contacts in is risky, but taking a shower is a lot less so. There is always the possibility of their coming out, but most people close their eyes almost instinctively when there's a spray of water nearby.
Well, that's my two cents.
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Old 09-08-2009, 02:36 AM
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I think it could be possible that the contact lens could be worn whenever you shower. However, I think that wouldn't be advisable. Why don't we just take it off? It's for your own safety.
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I'd expect that it may be a good guideline to remove them before showering.

At the same time depending on how aggressive someone gets with the water, soap and shampoo I think lots of people would probably not have a problem wearing their contacts in the shower.

I'd be curious to hear from others here who have tried it a few times.
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:51 AM
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Default Showering in Monthly Contacts

I think Mop Jockey has it pretty much correct. I don't wear monthly contact lenses, but if I did, I think after reading his/her post I'd feel pretty confident.

Does anyone else have an opinion? Preferably someone with medical training?
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Old 09-08-2009, 03:15 PM
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Georgiaonmymind I think Mop Jockey has it pretty much correct. I don't wear monthly contact lenses, but if I did, I think after reading his/her post I'd feel pretty confident.

Does anyone else have an opinion? Preferably someone with medical training?
Thank you for your vote of confidence Georgiaonmymind. I too would like to get the opinion of someone in the medical field who can give me more than an opinion.

Not that I don't appreciate your opinions, mind you.
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Old 12-11-2009, 05:14 PM
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At the same time depending on how aggressive someone gets with the water, soap and shampoo I think lots of people would probably not have a problem wearing their contacts in the shower.
I don't know how "aggressively" you would need to wash up in order to hurt yourself. I'm not exactly gentle when I shower, but I don't fling suds around either. You're right though, it's probably not an issue for most people.
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Old 12-12-2009, 08:02 AM
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Well I have worn yearly lenses for coming on for 30 years or more and always showered with my lenses in if I had been swimming, etc. I wouldn't normally have put the lenses in when I had a morning shower, but otherwise shower with lenses in.

I also swim and do watersports (water sking, scuba, sailing, windsurfing, kayak, etc. with my lenses in, though if swimming, I normally wear goggles and of course with scuba have have a mask on anyway).

OK there is a risk of acanthamoeba infection, but you need to get water in your eyes and in a shower or any freshwater that isn't iso-tonically balanced, is going to be uncomfortable, let alone getting soap in your eyes, which for me would be extremely rare.

I would be sterilising the lenses at night anyway with peroxide 2 step (not the one step) and that would kill any amoeba infection immediately.

OK, if you want to be super cautious, you can take your lenses out before showering, etc. However, I would think the higher risk exists with extended wear lenses, which you wear 24/7 for say one month at a time, with no disinfection within that period.

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Old 12-14-2009, 05:44 PM
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Well I have worn yearly lenses for coming on for 30 years or more and always showered with my lenses in if I had been swimming, etc. I wouldn't normally have put the lenses in when I had a morning shower, but otherwise shower with lenses in.

I also swim and do watersports (water sking, scuba, sailing, windsurfing, kayak, etc. with my lenses in, though if swimming, I normally wear goggles and of course with scuba have have a mask on anyway).

OK there is a risk of acanthamoeba infection, but you need to get water in your eyes and in a shower or any freshwater that isn't iso-tonically balanced, is going to be uncomfortable, let alone getting soap in your eyes, which for me would be extremely rare.

I would be sterilising the lenses at night anyway with peroxide 2 step (not the one step) and that would kill any amoeba infection immediately.

OK, if you want to be super cautious, you can take your lenses out before showering, etc. However, I would think the higher risk exists with extended wear lenses, which you wear 24/7 for say one month at a time, with no disinfection within that period.

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Good answer. Thank you knotlob. I have to say that your English is pretty good for someone who lives in Germany. Do I remember correctly from another post that you lived in Canada for a while?
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Good answer. Thank you knotlob. I have to say that your English is pretty good for someone who lives in Germany. Do I remember correctly from another post that you lived in Canada for a while?
Yes I lived in Canada (also Jamaica & Republic of Ireland). I am originally from Scotland, but have only spent about 1 year there in the last 23 or so. So (Scottish) English is my native tongue

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Old 12-15-2009, 10:29 AM
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Yes I lived in Canada (also Jamaica & Republic of Ireland). I am originally from Scotland, but have only spent about 1 year there in the last 23 or so. So (Scottish) English is my native tongue

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After all the places you've lived, I bet you'll fit in just about anywhere, knotlob. Have you been to the US?

You've definitely found a home here at Lens 101. I hope you'll stick around.
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After all the places you've lived, I bet you'll fit in just about anywhere, knotlob. Have you been to the US?

You've definitely found a home here at Lens 101. I hope you'll stick around.
Hello RawBob

Thanks. Yes I've visited the US on holiday a few times and for skiing from Montreal - a reasonably short road trip down to the American snow. Also a few times on business.

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Old 12-15-2009, 01:10 PM
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Hello RawBob

Thanks. Yes I've visited the US on holiday a few times and for skiing from Montreal - a reasonably short road trip down to the American snow. Also a few times on business.

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You've been to the US skiing from Montreal? That must have been quite a jump!
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LOL

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Just to pop my head into this thread, it's generally recommended not to leave your soft lenses in while showering due to possible contaminants in the water (e.g. acanthamoeba as knotlob said). Same goes for swimming pools, creeks, beach etc.

But I'm sure lots of people just leave them in all the time and don't have any troubles. It just depends on the level of risk you want to take.

Information on Acanthamoeba Keratitis can be gotten from http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/acanthamoeba-keratitis.htm . It says the incidence is at about 2 cases reported per 2 million contact lens wearers. Although maybe that'd be different for continuous wear.
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Just to pop my head into this thread, it's generally recommended not to leave your soft lenses in while showering due to possible contaminants in the water (e.g. acanthamoeba as knotlob said). Same goes for swimming pools, creeks, beach etc.

But I'm sure lots of people just leave them in all the time and don't have any troubles. It just depends on the level of risk you want to take.

Information on Acanthamoeba Keratitis can be gotten from http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/acanthamoeba-keratitis.htm . It says the incidence is at about 2 cases reported per 2 million contact lens wearers. Although maybe that'd be different for continuous wear.
Hi closey. Welcome to Lens 101. Thanks for this information, especially the part about how rare Acanthamoeba infections really are. I think some people might read these threads and get paranoid. There's really no need. As long as you take proper care of your contacts, you need not worry.
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:51 AM
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I always take my lenses out before I shower because I have make-up to scrub off. I have forgotten to take them out a couple of times, and when I got out of the shower and tried to take them out, I couldn't. It almost felt like they expanded from the heat and glommed onto my eyeballs. If I wait for a half hour or so, they'll pop right out.
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I always take my lenses out before I shower because I have make-up to scrub off. I have forgotten to take them out a couple of times, and when I got out of the shower and tried to take them out, I couldn't. It almost felt like they expanded from the heat and glommed onto my eyeballs. If I wait for a half hour or so, they'll pop right out.
Congratulations, HMBgal. I think that's the first use of the word "glommed" in this forum.

You know, I bet your contacts absorb water and expand just like the skin on your fingers.
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:52 AM
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Just to pop my head into this thread, it's generally recommended not to leave your soft lenses in while showering due to possible contaminants in the water (e.g. acanthamoeba as knotlob said). Same goes for swimming pools, creeks, beach etc.

But I'm sure lots of people just leave them in all the time and don't have any troubles. It just depends on the level of risk you want to take.

Information on Acanthamoeba Keratitis can be gotten from http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/acanthamoeba-keratitis.htm . It says the incidence is at about 2 cases reported per 2 million contact lens wearers. Although maybe that'd be different for continuous wear.
I think the reason that acanthamoeba infections are so rare is because of the way water is treated before it comes out of your shower head. That's exactly the reason we have those big water treatment plants.
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If i take a really hot shower the heat and steam glue the contacts into my eyes. Almost cooked in they feel that way after sitting in a spa too. Generally i put my contacts in post-shower in the morning but if i shower at night i take them out after. I've never had an issue with soap or water in my eyes. I think that while keeping risks in mind, it's the wearer's responsibility to weight the risks and access them in regards to their own habits and lifestyle. I'd imagine that if my rx was worse than it is, i'd never want to be without my contacts if possible, regardless of certain risks
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If i take a really hot shower the heat and steam glue the contacts into my eyes. Almost cooked in they feel that way after sitting in a spa too. Generally i put my contacts in post-shower in the morning but if i shower at night i take them out after. I've never had an issue with soap or water in my eyes. I think that while keeping risks in mind, it's the wearer's responsibility to weight the risks and access them in regards to their own habits and lifestyle. I'd imagine that if my rx was worse than it is, i'd never want to be without my contacts if possible, regardless of certain risks
Hello Littlebit

Yes, I agree it's up to the wearer to make an informed judgement on when to wear their lenses. Personally I seldom take them out during daytime.

I as surprised you have problems with the lenses after a hot shower or spa. I can wear mine in a sauna, steam room or jacuzzi without any discomfort or problems.

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Hello Littlebit

Yes, I agree it's up to the wearer to make an informed judgement on when to wear their lenses. Personally I seldom take them out during daytime.

I as surprised you have problems with the lenses after a hot shower or spa. I can wear mine in a sauna, steam room or jacuzzi without any discomfort or problems.

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Perhaps our tear films are of different thicknesses? My left eye is always worse than my right because it's naturally a little drier when left to it's own devices.
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Hello Littlebit

Yes, I agree it's up to the wearer to make an informed judgement on when to wear their lenses. Personally I seldom take them out during daytime.

I as surprised you have problems with the lenses after a hot shower or spa. I can wear mine in a sauna, steam room or jacuzzi without any discomfort or problems.

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Some of us don't have to worry about those things because we don't have access to a sauna, steam room or jacuzzi. When they find out I'm not a member of the health club they always kick me out!
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Some of us don't have to worry about those things because we don't have access to a sauna, steam room or jacuzzi. When they find out I'm not a member of the health club they always kick me out!
Steam up the bathroom!!!
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Some of us don't have to worry about those things because we don't have access to a sauna, steam room or jacuzzi. When they find out I'm not a member of the health club they always kick me out!
Don't you hate it when that happens?
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Don't you hate it when that happens?
Yes! That's so rude! How's a Lucyfur supposed to get any steam action when they keep in insisting to see some kind of identification?

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everyone has done this mistake we are human beings we make mistakes. I suggest you to not shower with contacts because of shampoo and conditioner. Come to think about it swimming is the beach is less riskier then showering with them because of the natural habitat of the water and minerals of the natural water. But they both are risky through. Next time don't shower with your contacts.
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everyone has done this mistake we are human beings we make mistakes. I suggest you to not shower with contacts because of shampoo and conditioner.
So it's not the water but the cleansers we use that affect contact lenses?
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I think it could be possible that the contact lens could be worn whenever you shower. However, I think that wouldn't be advisable. Why don't we just take it off? It's for your own safety.
So your answer is "possible, but not advisable" right?
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So your answer is "possible, but not advisable" right?
That's what it sounds like to me. Possible but not advisable.
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everyone has done this mistake we are human beings we make mistakes. I suggest you to not shower with contacts because of shampoo and conditioner. Come to think about it swimming is the beach is less riskier then showering with them because of the natural habitat of the water and minerals of the natural water. But they both are risky through. Next time don't shower with your contacts.
I don't know about that, eddiemonster7. Sea water is full of salt, which you definitely don't want to get in your eyes . . . or your mouth, come to think of it.
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So it's not the water but the cleansers we use that affect contact lenses?
The cleaners can definitely have an effect, CousinMuscles, but in the case of taking a shower, the water coming out of the fixture can also physically knock the lenses from your eyes as well.
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If i take a really hot shower the heat and steam glue the contacts into my eyes. Almost cooked in they feel that way after sitting in a spa too.
I wish I could sit in a spa . . .
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Yes! That's so rude! How's a Lucyfur supposed to get any steam action when they keep in insisting to see some kind of identification?

Yeah, where would you keep your ID, anyway?

Reminds me of that beer commercial where for some reason a guy steps up to the bar naked and orders a brew. The bartender calmly said "Hey Buddy, did you forget something?
"Oh yeah!" he says. "My wallet!" Just then he goes to pat his back pocket, but his hand loudly smacks bare skin and he freezes.
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Yeah, where would you keep your ID, anyway?

Reminds me of that beer commercial where for some reason a guy steps up to the bar naked and orders a brew. The bartender calmly said "Hey Buddy, did you forget something?
"Oh yeah!" he says. "My wallet!" Just then he goes to pat his back pocket, but his hand loudly smacks bare skin and he freezes.
I saw that commercial. It's one of my favorites.

So have we solved the Great Contact Lenses in the Shower Debate?
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I saw that commercial. It's one of my favorites.

So have we solved the Great Contact Lenses in the Shower Debate?
I think we've agreed that taking a shower with your contacts in is "possible but not advisable."
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everyone has done this mistake we are human beings we make mistakes. I suggest you to not shower with contacts because of shampoo and conditioner. Come to think about it swimming is the beach is less riskier then showering with them because of the natural habitat of the water and minerals of the natural water. But they both are risky through. Next time don't shower with your contacts.
Wait, what?

Swimming at the beach is--to paraphrase--safer than showering because of the minerals in natural water. So minerals in your eyes is a good thing? What about the salt that is in the water that covers over 70 percent of the planet's surface? That's not good to get in your eyes.

I agree though, that you probably should not shower with contact lenses in. What's there to see anyway?
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I shower with my contacts sometimes and I have never lost them because of that. Besides with the contacts on or not, the shampoo shouldn't go into the eyes.
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I shower with my contacts sometimes and I have never lost them because of that. Besides with the contacts on or not, the shampoo shouldn't go into the eyes.
I think that taking you contacts out just just be a part of getting undressed for a shower.
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Yeah, where would you keep your ID, anyway?

Reminds me of that beer commercial where for some reason a guy steps up to the bar naked and orders a brew. The bartender calmly said "Hey Buddy, did you forget something?
"Oh yeah!" he says. "My wallet!" Just then he goes to pat his back pocket, but his hand loudly smacks bare skin and he freezes.
I believe that was one of those long anticipated Superbowl commercials. I'm not sure I understand the message, though. Beer makes you forget your pants?

Never mind the beer. buy contact lenses!
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I'd expect that it may be a good guideline to remove them before showering.

At the same time depending on how aggressive someone gets with the water, soap and shampoo I think lots of people would probably not have a problem wearing their contacts in the shower.

I'd be curious to hear from others here who have tried it a few times.
Your contact lenses will probably not fall out in the shower, but as they say, it's better to be safe than sorry.
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I've always showered with my lenses in... it never occured to me to take them out :S Ive worn them swimming in the river too. I'm too blind to go without and id rather not lose my glasses.


BUT... I'm gonna go ahead and ask the obvious question... How are monthly disposables any different than daily disposables? Can't you just take them out before a nightly shower or not put them in before a morning shower just like you said about the dailies?
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I am actually a NYS licensed contact lens fitter and I would not suggest showering with contacts in. It's actually not just about the soap or the steam, the tap water can actually do damage to your lenses and change the shape of them, which will change the way it fits on your eye. Not to mention tap water getting on the contacts or between your cornea and the lens can cause a lot of infections. It's not worth it to wear them in the shower just because you don't feel like removing them or you are in a hurry. A contact lens wearer should be cautious of infection.
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:09 PM
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I've always showered with my lenses in... it never occured to me to take them out :S Ive worn them swimming in the river too. I'm too blind to go without and id rather not lose my glasses.


BUT... I'm gonna go ahead and ask the obvious question... How are monthly disposables any different than daily disposables? Can't you just take them out before a nightly shower or not put them in before a morning shower just like you said about the dailies?
Just because someone has monthly lenses does not mean they shouldn't be taken out of your eyes for a whole month. Monthly lenses are meant to be cleaned and stored every night during sleep. The difference is you put the same lenses in your eyes in the morning and with daily you use a fresh lens. Some cls are approved for sleeping in, but not most, and they should still be removed before showering
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:03 AM
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I am actually a NYS licensed contact lens fitter and I would not suggest showering with contacts in. It's actually not just about the soap or the steam, the tap water can actually do damage to your lenses and change the shape of them, which will change the way it fits on your eye. Not to mention tap water getting on the contacts or between your cornea and the lens can cause a lot of infections. It's not worth it to wear them in the shower just because you don't feel like removing them or you are in a hurry. A contact lens wearer should be cautious of infection.
Thank you, Laurie8686. It's about time we got a professional opinion about this.
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