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See Under the Sea & in the Swimming Pool Too

Wear goggles for clear & healthy underwater vision

You don’t swim naked at a public beach or swimming pool, and you shouldn’t swim with naked eyes either! At the beach, it’s hard to know if ocean water is really clean and not polluted, and the sand and salt content can make your eyes sting. If you prefer swimming in a pool, remember that while pool water can be clean, that’s only because it’s packed with chlorine, which can seriously irritate your eyes, stripping away your lubricating film and causing redness, pain, and blurry vision.

Goggles are the ideal solution for protecting your delicate eyes against the harshness of water. Also, due to advanced materials and modern engineering of the lenses in swim goggles, they provide crisper underwater vision than ever before! Your knowledgeable St. Louis eye doctor explains about the benefits and features of goggles:

Prescription goggles

If you normally need eyeglasses or contacts to see above water, our St. Louis optometrist strongly recommends buying a pair of prescription goggles for underwater vision. For you to see, light rays reflect off an object, enter your eyes, and are focused on your retina clearly. However, light rays don’t function the same way when they are in water. That’s why the floor of a swimming pool appears higher up than it really is. In general, goggles correct this problem by creating an air-filled gap around your eyes. But this doesn’t give sharp sight to swimmers who need vision correction. If you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, you’ll need prescription goggles to see.

Wearing contact lenses and standard goggles

A lot of people are in the habit of wearing standard goggles over their contact lenses, instead of purchasing a pair of prescription goggles. What’s the problem with this? Actually, water is the problem.

Water in all bodies – lakes, pools, oceans, and hot tubs – is a natural breeding ground for bacteria and microorganisms. While your body and your eyes have a built-in defense system to protect against these menacing microbes, contact lenses interfere with your eye’s protection. Consequently, swimming with contact lenses increases your risk of getting an eye infection.

Acanthamoeba keratitis is an extremely hazardous eye infection caused by amoeba being trapped between your contact lens and your cornea. Sometimes, amoeba start to live in your eye, leading to corneal ulcers and permanent vision loss. This type of infection only happens to people who wear contact lenses, which underscores our St. Louis eye doctor’s warning against swimming with contacts!

Now, we also realize that many people will insist on wearing contact lenses at the beach or pool – despite all of our warnings. If you’re one of those people, here are some tips to help you minimize the danger to your eye health:

  • Wear daily disposable contacts for swimming, since you throw them out after a single use. Remove them immediately after you come out of the water, rinse your eyes with artificial tears and replace your lenses with a new, clean pair.
  • Even if you’re didn’t fully dip into the water, if any drops fall into your eyes, remove your contacts immediately and throw them out, or disinfect them if you aren’t wearing disposables.
  • Never open your eyes underwater
  • Never go swimming and then doze off on the shore or poolside with your lenses still in your eyes

Top features for goggles – recommended by our St. Louis optometrist

  • Prescription lenses, if you generally need eyewear with vision correction
  • Shatterproof lenses
  • Anti-fog treatment
  • Leak-free lenses that seal comfortably around your eyes
  • Built-in UV protection
  • Surfers should wear polarized lenses to protect against reflected glare, which can be very intense on the water
  • Competitive swimmers and divers should choose frames with a low profile
  • Recreational lap swimmers do best with larger lenses (they give wider peripheral vision), and more padded frames

More questions about swimming and vision? Ask our St. Louis eye doctor!

Before you dive into the blue, sparkling waters at the beach or swimming pool, consult with an expert optometrist near you. We’ll help you find the safest way to have sharp underwater vision and a fabulous look! If you do experience irritated eyes, strange discharge, pain, sensitivity or redness after wearing your contact lenses while swimming, contact us immediately for an eye exam at Vision Care Consultants.

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Meet the Best-Rated Eye Doctors in St. Louis, MO

Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision - many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our St. Louis optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

So if you're looking for eye doctors and eye care near you in the St. Louis area, look no further than Vision Care Consultants!

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Craig M. Brawley, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Brawley was born in St. Louis, Missouri and, after being raised briefly in Farmington, Missouri, he and his family returned to St. Louis. He attended Lindbergh High School and continued his education at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, where he was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1996. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree in May 2001 from the University of Missouri - St. Louis School of Optometry. He began practice with us at Vision Care Consultants upon graduation.

Dr. Brawley’s wife, Kelly, is a graduate of St. Louis University with a degree in psychology. She completed her Master’s studies in clinical child psychology. They have three daughters, McKenna, Rylee and DeLaney.Dr. Brawley is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) an active member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), the Missouri Optometric Association (MOA), and the St. Louis Optometric Society (SLOS). He is past president of SLOS and currently serves as an advisor to the Executive Council. He is a member of the Contact Lens and Cornea section of the AOA as well as the Sports Vision Section. He is also a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Fraternity. He was the recipient of the Paragon Vision Science Clinical Excellence Award in 2001. He is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty member of the Washington University School of Medicine - Department of Ophthalmology.

Along with our other doctors, Dr. Brawley has provided eyecare for the St. Louis Rams and continues to provide eyecare for the St. Louis Blues.

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J. Daniel Friederich, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Friederich was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. A graduate of St. John Vianney High School and Truman State University, Dr. Friederich also served in the U.S. Army National Guard. Called to active duty in 2003, he served over a year in Iraq, receiving the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal for outstanding service. Dr. Friederich received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri - St. Louis School of Optometry in 2008, and began practice here at Vision Care Consultants upon graduating.Dr. Friederich’s wife, Erin, is a graduate of Truman State University and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy; she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2008. Erin works as a consultant pharmacist for OmniCare in Belleville, IL.

Dr. Friederich is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association (AOA), the Missouri Optometric Association, and the St. Louis Optometric Society. He was honored with an appointment to the Anterior Segment Committee of the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section in 2009, and continues to serve on the Committee. He is the chief editor of the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section’s monthly publication. Dr. Friederich achieved Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) in 2011. In addition to receiving numerous other awards and scholarships, Dr. Friederich participates in the Gateway Disabled Ski Program each winter and assists visually impaired children and wounded veterans in learning to ski.Along with our other doctors, Dr. Friederich provides eyecare for the St. Louis Blues.

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David B. Seibel, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Seibel is a native of the St. Louis area. He attended Chaminade College Preparatory and continued his studies at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, majoring in biology. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1987 at the University of Missouri - St. Louis School of Optometry and he began practice here at Vision Care Consultants.Dr. Seibel’s wife, Laura, is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in advertising. They have three children, Lauren, Nicholas and Andrew.

Dr. Seibel is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He is past President of the Missouri and the Heart of America Regional Chapters of the American Academy of Optometry as well as past president of the St. Louis Optometric Society. As a Diplomate of the Cornea & Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry, Dr. Seibel shares this distinction with fewer than 200 doctors worldwide. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and he served as chair of the AOA Contact Lens & Cornea Section for 2004-2005. Dr. Seibel was honored by the American Optometric Association with the 1996 National Young Optometrist of the Year Award. He also received the Missouri Optometric Association’s 1996 Young Optometrist of the Year Award. These awards are given based on leadership in optometry and service to the community.Along with these distinctions, Dr. Seibel has been named as a University of Missouri - St. Louis 1996 Distinguished Alumni, the highest award given by the University to its alumni.

For his many contributions to the profession, Dr. Seibel was elected by his peers as a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academy of Practice in 2006. Currently, less than 100 optometrists have been awarded this honor.He is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty member of the Washington University School of Medicine - Department of Ophthalmology and lectures both nationally and internationally at optometry schools and educational meetings.Along with our other doctors, Dr. Seibel has provided eyecare for the St. Louis Rams and continues to provide eyecare for the St. Louis Blues.

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Marie E. Wehner, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Wehner grew up in Festus, Missouri, where she attended Saint Pius X High School. She graduated from Maryville University, earning a Bachelors degree in Biology with honors in 2001. She began her professional career serving as a high school science teacher. She then spent several years as a stay at home mother raising her three young children. She returned to graduate studies to earn her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri - St. Louis School of Optometry in 2010. Dr. Wehner began practice at Vision Care Consultants upon graduation.

Dr. Wehner’s husband, Ed, is also a graduate of Maryville University with a degree in biology and art. They have three children, Jeremy, Elizabeth and Samantha.Dr. Wehner is an active member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), the Missouri Optometric Association (MOA), and the St. Louis Optometric Association (SLOS). She is also a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Fraternity. Dr. Wehner was the recipient of the Paragon Optical Contact Lens Clinical Research Award and the University of Missouri’s Clinical Binocular Vision and Vision Therapy Award in 2010.

As part of her many other duties, Dr. Wehner volunteers her time as a leader in the Girl Scouts of America.Along with our other doctors, Dr. Wehner provides eyecare for the St. Louis Blues.

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At VisionCare Consultants we have a responsibility to educate our patients and provide options to improve their quality of life and protect them from vision-related pathologies. We use the highest quality materials and personal styling to dispense our patient’s designed eyewear. Our goal is to earn the trust of our patients by providing these services with the utmost integrity and professionalism.

We provide comprehensive eye exams, treat eye disease, and offer specialty contact lens fittings. Tending to our patient’s vision is only part of what we do. Our optometrists learn our patients’ daily routines, body health, social, and sports activities to better understand their vision requirements. Through investigation and science, we use innovative technology, excellent service and a caring team to develop optimal patient outcomes.

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