Swimming and Eye Care

We’ve all been there: you go to the pool, have a great time, and then come home with red, irritated eyes. An imperfect pH level is responsible for the redness. Without a proper pH level, the chlorine can’t do its job to clean the pool and the water, leaving other toxins and bacteria to be present in the water. Unfortunately, for a large pool, it’s very difficult to keep the pH level at the proper level. So if you want to ensure the safety of your eyes, goggles are your best bet.

For Glasses Wearers

For those who wear glasses as a necessity, it can be difficult to choose to go without glasses in order to use goggles. However, consider the risk you are taking by leaving your eyes exposed to bacteria and toxins if you choose not to wear goggles. One alternative, though costly, could be prescription goggles.

For Contact Lense Wearers

You should never go into the pool with contacts and no goggles. Not only are you risking losing your contacts, but you are also at an increased risk of infection. Because most contacts lack permeability, bacteria and toxins can be trapped with your contacts. Some sources even recommend waiting a full hour before putting contacts in after swimming in order to avoid contamination. However, a compromise could be wearing a well-fitted pair of goggles and your contacts, so you can see and protect your eyes.

Not only will goggles allow you to protect your eyes, but they will also allow you to see underwater more clearly. You won’t need to worry about the effects of the pH levels on your eyesight, which can affect your eyes for hours after your swim.

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