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Looking forward to a dip in the sea this week?
Before you dive in, Specsavers is advising swimmers to look after their eyes and ears to help minimise the risk of infection.
“For most, a little water in the ears won’t be a problem but extra care should be taken for those susceptible to ear infections or swimmer’s ear,” said Orla Walsh, Specsavers Ireland audiologist.
“Swimmer’s ear is an inflammation of the external ear canal that can often lead to an infection. It occurs when water becomes trapped in the ear, most often as a result of swimming, and the best way to avoid it is to wear earplugs. And always steer clear of polluted or dirty water to avoid infection.”
Contact lens wearers should also be cautious when swimming.
Specsavers Ireland chairman and optician, Kerril Hickey, warns: “You should avoid wearing your contact lenses while swimming as there is a risk of serious infection if you wear them in a pool or the sea – prescription swimming goggles are a good alternative.
“It’s also important to always wash your hands with non-cosmetic soap before handling contact lenses, never use tap water to rinse them, and never put contact lenses in your mouth. Microorganisms can also live in distilled water, risking infection or sight damage.”