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Consider These Eye Care Tips When Swimming

Swimming is an awesome way to have fun and get your exercise. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. Remember that pools have both chemicals and bacteria—both of which can affect your eyes.

Here are a few suggestions to keep your eyes healthy while you enjoy time at the pool…

Simply The Best Eye Protection

Goggles are straight-up the best option for protecting your eyes. Goggles protect eyes from bacteria present in pool water, as well as offering protection from bugs, dirt, other objects in the water, AND the rock-hard side of the pool!

The chemicals in the pool can wash away the top protective film over your eyes, leaving them irritated and red. Goggles prevent this. And, a BIG BONUS is that goggles will help you see better! You can even get prescription goggles, which are especially nice if you plan on an exciting snorkeling trip.

Some Special Advice For Contact Wearers

If you swim without goggles, you should always remove your contacts before swimming. Water can get caught between the contact lens and the eye, increasing the risk for eye infections. Contact lenses are also more prone to fall out and get lost when you are in the pool.
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A Few More Things To Remember…

  • Don’t swim with your eyes open. Chlorine can irritate and dry out your eyes. If your eyes are irritated after swimming, use eye drops to relieve them.
  • If it is an outdoor pool, wear UV protective sunglasses. UV rays can cause permanent damage to your eyes.

If you have any questions about your eye safety in the swimming pool, ask us! We love hearing from you.

Thanks for your trust in our practice!