Have you ever taken your child swimming only to hear them complain about the discomfort in their eyes after being in the water? Perhaps you have even experienced this issue yourself. The chemicals used in pools can be harsh on the eyes and cause them to become irritated. So, what can be done to minimize this irritation?
One option is to wear goggles. By doing so, you can prevent direct exposure to pool chemicals and avoid eye irritation altogether. Ensure that the goggles fit properly and create a seal around the eyes to be effective. Choosing goggles with UV protection can also help protect the eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.
If goggles aren’t an option, rinsing the eyes with fresh tap water after leaving the pool can be beneficial in washing away any chlorine or saline present in the water. Additionally, using eye drops can help lubricate the eyes and alleviate any irritation.
For those who wear contact lenses, it’s important to avoid wearing them while swimming. Not only can the lenses get lost in the pool, but they can also collect bacteria from the water and cause infections or further irritation.
While swimming can be an enjoyable activity, it can be dampened by eye irritation caused by pool chemicals. Simply telling your child to keep their eyes closed is not a practical solution. Fortunately, by wearing goggles, rinsing and lubricating the eyes, and not wearing contact lenses while swimming, the irritation can be minimized, if not eliminated entirely.