Nothing beats the summer heat like jumping into a refreshing pool, but pool water can cause irritation in your eyes. Take a look at how to protect your eyes from dry eye and bacteria this summer!
Some people may develop dry eye if they are constantly in the pool and don’t use proper eye protection. Chlorine from the pool water can disrupt the tear film and leave the eye vulnerable to chemicals and harmful bacteria. This can lead to redness, dry eye, and various other uncomfortable symptoms.
Protect Your Eyeballs
Here are a few ways that you can protect your eyes while enjoying yourself in the pool!
- Wear water-tight goggles
- Goggles keep water and chlorine out of your eyes, which keeps your tear film intact. Make sure you wear goggles that form a good seal over your eyes
- Use eye drops
- Using eye drops before and after being in the pool keeps your eyes lubricated and comfortable
- Flush out irritated eyes
- Flush out your eyes for 15 minutes after swimming if you are experiencing irritation or burning
Contact Lenses in the Pool
Although chlorine kills off a good amount of microorganisms, there are still some that are still swimming around in the pool with you, like acanthamoeba! The small space between your contact lens and your eye can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Contact lenses can also fall out of your eyes while swimming, or they can shrink when exposed to water, which causes irritation. Talk to your eye doctor about alternative options available, such as prescription goggles.
Watch Out for Symptoms of an Eye Infection
If you experience any of the below symptoms, make sure you see your eye doctor right away
- Blurry vision
- Discharge from eyes
- Sensitivity to light
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