You may be thinking of hitting the pool this summer. Before you dive in, make sure that your eyes are protected from the harmful effects of pool water.
In this post, your local eye doctor, Advanced Eyecare Consultants, discusses ways you can protect your eyes while at the pool.
Pool Water & Your Eyes
The tear film is a thin layer of tears on the eye surface which keeps your eyes moist, smooth and clear. Chlorine can wash this layer from your eyes, causing discomfort and redness. Without this tear film, your eyes are exposed to pool chemicals and bacteria, which can cause pink eye or other eye infections.
Frequent swimmers may suffer from dry eye disease, a condition where the eyes produce insufficient or poor quality of tears. Visit your eye doctor immediately if you’re experiencing symptoms of eye infections.
Protect Your Eyes
Wear swim goggles when swimming to keep pool water from entering your eyes. Wash your eyes with clean water after swimming to remove chlorine and other chemicals from your lids and lashes.
You can use non-prescription lubricating eye drops before and after hitting the pool. This will help balance the tear film and keep your eyes comfortable. Gel tears or thicker artificial tears can be used before wearing your goggles.
Keep your eyes moist and comfortable while swimming by staying hydrated. Wearing contact lenses in the pool or any kind of water increases your risk of developing a corneal infection. This can lead to eye infection, corneal damage and vision loss. Use prescription swim goggles to keep your vision clear and eyes protected while at the pool.
Consult your optometrist for the best swim eyewear for you. Visit Advanced Eyecare Consultants for your vision and eye health needs. Call us at (847) 550-3524, or fill out our online form to request an appointment. We help patients in Barrington, IL, and nearby areas.