Being a regular visitor to your local swimming pool will benefit your health, well-being and your social life. Unfortunately it can also lead to some annoying pool-related problems, such as sore irritated eyes.
To avoid this annoying side effect happening too often, you should start by contacting your local pool to make sure that the water is checked on a regular basis. Red, irritated eyes are not necessarily linked to the levels of chlorine in the pool being too high, although this is one of the most common reasons. Ask your local pool to also check that the pH levels are correct, and to check for the presence of chloramines (created by the mixing of ammonia and chlorine), as both of these can lead to eye irritation.
Once you have ascertained that the pool water is safe and free from a chemical imbalance it is time to change one of the most common bad habits that swimmers have – rubbing their eyes. When you pop your head up from beneath the surface of the pool it is human nature to want to rub the water away from your eyes, but don’t! When you do this you are rubbing chlorinated water into already dry eyes (as chlorine removes lubricants as it purifies) so no wonder they get red and irritated! Instead try to blink over and over five or six times. Believe me it works! I used to get terribly irritated eyes until I started blinking rather than rubbing. Now my eyes are perfect, even if I’ve spent loads of time underwater. Another handy tip is to always wear goggles, you can get such a huge selection nowadays that allow you to find a comfy pair just for you.
If you have any other tips, please do share and comment below.
Happy swimming – Sarah Bohn