August is the prime time of the year for pool parties, but unfortunately, they sometimes are accompanied by itchy, burning eyes. But what causes this irritation? How do you fight it? And when should you seek help? Continue reading for answers to all of these important questions.
Why Do Pools Burn Your Eyes?
Pools must be sanitized in order to kill and prevent the buildup of bacteria from organic and inorganic causes by sanitizing the pool, you keep the pool safe to swim in, but if used incorrectly, they can cause eye irritation. Chlorine in a salt or regular chlorine pool should be between 1 and 3 ppm. This is the amount of chlorine needed to make sure everything is sanitized properly. When the chlorine is high, low, or combined with contaminants, keeping free chlorine from sanitizing, your eyes and skin run the risk of being irritated. Another factor that can cause eye irritation is the pH of the water. Because your eye’s pH is around 7.3, you want the water to have a similar pH level of 7.4 to 7.6. Your eyes have a protective tear layer composed of proteins to keep moisture in, but when pH and chlorine are at incorrect levels it can deteriorate this layer and cause your eyes to dry out more rapidly than the proteins can rebuild.
Preventing and Treating
To prevent irritated eyes, just make sure your water is balanced. If everything is properly treated, minimal to no eye irritation should occur. However, it is not generally recommended to wear contacts while swimming as they can come out underwater or rub a little and cause irritation. As a general rule, swimmers, especially younger ones, should wear goggles to protect their eyes if they are opening their eyes consistently underwater as a precaution.
When to Seek Help
If the pool you’ve been swimming in has chlorine levels that were too high or unbalanced pH levels, you might notice that the burning and irritation persists. In the case of lingering irritation you might try flushing your eyes with clean water, or saline solution. If your eyes continue to burn for more than a day, it’s best to visit an eye doctor to ensure that no serious problems or other eye conditions are present.
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