Keeping Your Eyes Protected in Swimming Pools

Man swimming with his water goggles to protect his eyes

Swimming is a great pastime for many people. As in any sport, swimmers should take precautions to prevent eye irritation and infection. Here are some of other precautionary measures as advised by ophthalmologists from Maple Grove eye clinics.

After The Dip, Comes Irritated Eyes

Once in a while, swimmers leave the swimming pool with irritated eyes. Many blame the chlorine levels of the water as the causative agent. Reports by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s squarely places the blame on chloramines. These are the disinfectant by-products that form when chlorine comes into contact with human body waste.

Swimmers then ought to observe high standards of personal hygiene as well as avoid discharging body fluids (urine and other wastes) while swimming in a pool. The management of many public recreation pools advises swimmers to take a shower before taking a dip in their swimming pools.

Keep Your Contact Lenses Out of the Pool

Keep contact lenses out of the swimming pools. Contacts could be an attractive environment for microorganisms that thrive in pool water. These microorganisms may evade the disinfectants and consequently, find solace in your eyes.

Cases of irreversible vision damage and loss have been reported due to contamination of the contact lenses with acanthamoeba parasites. Other potential risks that swimmer with contact lenses expose themselves to include 1rritation due to contraction of the contact lenses and corneal ulcer.

Be On the Safe End

Take extra precautions by swimming with watertight goggles if you must have your contact lenses on while you swim. Make it a habit to remove contact lenses after swimming and disinfect them in a contact solution.

Following hygiene, and using protective equipment for the eyes, are some of the proven methods that could save you from irritated eyes and risks of vision loss.