Swim goggles are essential for protecting eyes from the harsh chemicals in pool water. Those who swim competitively should always maintain proper fitting goggles because exposure to chlorine can cause irritation and over time can break down the tissue of the eye. Some goggles can be tinted to help protect against UV rays from sunlight, which is important for swimmers who regularly compete outside.
Swim goggles also allow for clear seeing under water. This enhances enjoyment, and for the competitive swimmer, can enhance performance. Being able to see under water is important for keeping track of where other swimmers are located and how far away from the mark the swimmer is. Properly fitted, they are a crucial component of competitive swimming.
It is important to make sure swim goggles fit correctly, and an eye doctor is the best person for this job. He can also provide prescription goggles for those who use corrective lenses, eliminating the need for contacts that may dislodge during swimming.
If swim goggles don’t fit properly, they can leak. This not only allows water into the goggles and chemicals to touch the eye tissue, but makes it difficult to swim properly due to distraction. Ill fitting goggles can also cause bruising and damage to the area around the eye and can be extremely uncomfortable. Ordering goggles through an ophthalmologist is the best way to ensure maximum comfort along with proper fit.