Chlorine in pool water can cause swimmers to experience red, irritated eyes and blurry vision, or even eye infections.
In this post, your local orthokeratology provider, Eye and Vision Care, discusses what pool water does to your eyes what you can do to protect them.
Swimming in Chlorinated Pools
The tear film coats and protects the surface of your eyes. It keeps your eyes smooth, moist and clean. Pool chemicals such as chlorine can wash off the moist layer of the film, causing eye discomfort and redness. This is why frequent swimmers are at risk of developing dry eye due to insufficient tear production. Sufferers may feel like there’s something in their eyes or struggle with blurry vision.
A compromised tear film exposes your eyes to harmful chemicals and bacteria in the pool. Chlorine can make the surface of your eyes red, itchy and watery. Not all bacteria can be killed by this chemical. You can develop an eye infection such as pink eye from lingering bacteria at the pool.
Ways to Protect Your Eyes
Always wear a pair of swim goggles when you swim. This will protect your eyes and the tear film from the pool chemicals. Don’t wear contacts at the pool, or in any kind of water. The gap between the eye and the lens can be a breeding place for bacteria and viruses.
Cleanse your eyes with tap water once you get out of the pool. Use lubricating eye drops for dry or irritated eyes. Wash irritated or burning eyes with an eyewash 15 minutes after swimming.
Immediately seek medical care if you’re experiencing signs of a serious eye problem. The symptoms may include blurry or distorted vision, severe pain and seeping fluid.
Visit Eye and Vision Care for an eye exam for early detection and treatment of vision problems. We have the latest treatments and technologies to help you preserve and restore your vision. Call us at (703) 910-5952 or complete our online form to schedule an appointment. We assist patients in South Riding, VA.