If you wear contact lenses, exercising good safety habits can help you avoid a host of problems, including excessive dryness and fungal infections. Due to summer activities such as swimming, you are at an increased risk of experiencing problems. Fortunately for you, taking safety measures can help you avoid any issues. Here are some steps you take starting now. 

Wear Sunglasses

You probably know that wearing sunglasses can help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. What you might not realize is that wearing them can help you avoid drying out of your contact lenses. Dry contacts can be difficult to remove and they can cause pain and irritation. 

When wearing sunglasses, it is important that you look for those that provide 100 percent UV protection. The glasses not only block UV-A rays, but also UV-B rays. If possible, wear sunglasses that are in a wraparound style. This helps to lower the likelihood that the rays can get in through the sides. 

Remember to wear the sunglasses even if your contact lenses are coated for UV protection. As an added measure, wear a hat whenever you are outdoors. A hat with a broad brim is best.

Take Out the Contacts for Water-Related Activities

Water and contact lenses do not mix. Water can be a vehicle for dangerous viruses and microbes that can lead to infections. This is especially true of water found in swimming pools and lakes. 

One particular condition can possibly lead to permanent vision loss. Acanthamoeba keratitis occurs after tiny parasites infect your eye. Approximately 90 percent of this type of infection occurred in people who wore contacts. 

Consider Switching to Daily Contact Lenses

For some people, practicing good habits with the contact lenses can be challenging. Summertime activities can leave you too tired to remove your lenses. Unfortunately, this can also be dangerous to your eyes. When you fail to take your lenses out, your eyes can start to suffer from a lack of oxygen. As a result, corneal microcysts and ulcers can develop. A corneal ulcer can lead to an infection that can cause permanent changes to your vision. 

If you switch to daily lenses during the summer months, you can simply remove the lenses and toss them. The next day, you can start with a fresh pair and lower your risk of suffering problems. 

Your eye doctor can help you identify other ways to protect your eyes during the summer. Contact a center like Wear Eyewear to learn more.