Does anyone wear contacts when surfing?

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by chad05gt, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. chad05gt

    chad05gt Well-Known Member

    May 16, 2011
    Does anyone wear contacts when surfing?

    If so; any tips other than bring ALOT!?

    Thanks for your time,

  2. TylerSurf4life15

    TylerSurf4life15 Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    I wear my Contacts when surfing. nothing ever happens to them. DONT OPEN YOUR EYES UNDERWATER! thats really all just common sense.

  3. RobG

    RobG Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2010
    Yeah I wear mine as well, never really had a problem until this past fall when I lost one getting worked on an overhead day. I tried to paddle back out and keep surfing but my depth perception was all off so I had to go in and grab a spare out of my car. Ruined the session for sure since by the time I got my gloves off and and got back out there I only had like 20 minutes before dark.

    Its pretty annoying, I would like to save up for Lasik so I don't have to deal with it and can have no problems opening my eyes underwater. Maybe someday...
  4. rgnsup

    rgnsup Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2008
    Right here. I've been wearing them for the 8 years I've been surfing/bodyboarding. I didn't have much of a problem when surfing with them, but ever since I started bodyboarding, the ratio of losing one to days surfing is about 1:2. I hate it. Ruins the session because I have one good eye and one bad eye and if I don't have an extra pair, nor my glasses, it sucks driving home!
  5. eppeldaa

    eppeldaa Well-Known Member

    Nov 9, 2009
    yea i wear them
    sometimes a rogue wave will slap me in da face when i am not expecting it and then they float away into the great blue.
    u know what - try surfing without them and u may find that u see better than u think out there
  6. Zippy

    Zippy Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2007
    Don't do it if you have an astigmatism. I tried it, if you rub yor eyes the lens turns and you can't see ****. Lens for astigmatism have a top and bottom and they need to stay that way or watch out, lol.
  7. DaMook

    DaMook Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    surfing 20 years with contacts. never lost one. got my eyes flushed a few times and thought I lost them but nope, never.
  8. richp12

    richp12 Well-Known Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    i've lost em on really windy offshore days but it makes for a blurry but exciting session.
  9. Koki Barrels

    Koki Barrels Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2008
    yeah, same boat here...usually doesn't tend to be a problem, but I always have a spare pair in my truck...def hear you on the depth perception, RobG ..that is extremely annoying. A handful of times, one would fall out, i'd find it, put it in my mouth & paddle in and put it back in on the beach...
  10. Dean T

    Dean T Active Member

    Sep 18, 2011
    Funny you bring that up. Just went to eye dr a few months ago and he told me that surface of my eyes were all scratched up from wearing contacts in water. i kept them out for a few weeks, went back, and then he said my eyes look better. Dunno?

    I just got back from PR and lost a contact in the water. Chose not to wear them for the remainder of the trip and could actually see better than I thought. Weird.
  11. TylerSurf4life15

    TylerSurf4life15 Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    I always keep a spare in the car, but if i did loose one i would take the other one out and just keep surfing, I surfed for years with out them when i had glasses.
  12. Harhar

    Harhar Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    Done it for years no problems except once and tried without for rest of session, bad idea, took a pounding. Those who say they go without must not be as blind.
  13. brek

    brek Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2008
    when I started surfing, I went without them. This caused problems reading and catching waves, so I've worn them for a while now. Never had one fall out.

    My eye doctor said I shouldn't wear them, but since I said that wasn't an option, he recommended taking them out soon after the end of a session. Little bits of bacteria laden water gets in your eyes and will get stuck under the lens, where it can cause an infection. I also always use the rewetting drops before taking them out, since I ripped my cornea taking out a particularly dry contact.
  14. MFitz73

    MFitz73 Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    Yeah I wear them too. Acuvue moist. Never had one of them fall out. The lens is actually a larger diameter then my previous lenses, which I had one fall out. I think the larger diameter helps keep them on my eyes.
  15. spongedude

    spongedude Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2010
    yer not gonna believe this....

    i wear my glasses (an older pair). sunglasses, prescription (look carefully at above photo). they are tethered to wet suit zipper pull or held on by squid lid in winter. i have severe astigmatism and can't see sh!t without 'em. wearing them has changed my life as far as depth perception....would still be sponging only without 'em. they may fall off sometimes when i get creamed but they don't go far and it works. a little wax on them before a sesh on a cold day cuts down on fogging. figure out a way to make it work and cut the glare as well.
  16. pierpit1

    pierpit1 Active Member

    Jul 14, 2010
    i had daily single use lenses they fell out almost EVERY time I surfed (i do have astigmatism) switched back to the 2 week/1 month lenses i think they retain their shape a little better/more rigid they fall out very rarely, generally only on bigger days if i really get washed. and ya i second that the doctor said my corneas look like they had been sanded so good to give your eyes a break once in a while. we all need lasik is bottom line
  17. Kevin21012

    Kevin21012 Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Ask your eye doctor about getting wider contacts. Some are just just wider than others. I learned this from awhite water kayaking site. Got some wider contacts and have not lost one since.
  18. innerbasin

    innerbasin Member

    Aug 22, 2011

    Been surfing in contacts for 5 years now. As long as I have some eye drops when I get out I'm good to go. The salt water definitely jacks them up though. Lost them once , didn't have my glasses, drove 2 hours back home. Yikes!
  19. mOtion732

    mOtion732 Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    i always just lose one and makes the rest of the session a depth-perception issue-ridden headache
  20. rtftfwd

    rtftfwd Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2008 surfing and losing contacts days are over!