Protect your eyes from hazards of the pool

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013 5:38 pm | Updated: 6:14 pm, Fri Jul 12, 2013.

The pool looks so inviting, Its cool, refreshing and beckons us to jump in but wait!!! do you know what's lurking in the water?

If you have blurry vision with red and sometimes painful eyes, you may be the victim of swimming pool induced pink eye or chemical conjunctivitis.

Board certified ophthalmologist Dr.Cathy McCabe, of the Eye Associates said, "The more acidic the water is the more irritating it is to the surface of the eye." but most of the time there's no cause for concern, " It usually isn't a long lasting irritation," she explained, "it's simply from the chlorine."

Chemical conjunctivitis is the non viral type that usually clears up on its own, but can you avoid it?

The best way to do that is by wearing protective eye-wear such as goggles for the pool the other is to swim in a pool that is with chemicals that are controlled.

Dr.McCabe warns that public pools may be even more harmful to your eyes.

"Under treated pools can breed bacteria," she said, "and, there can be other people that have eye infections who are swimming, particularly with viral infections. Those are very easily transmitted either on hard surfaces or through the water.

If you do get viral conjunctivitis, you will need to see your eye doctor, but here's what you can do if you are just looking for chemical relief.

Flush them with some water and try to eliminate the irritation, or, try some artificial tears are a good way to flush out your eyes and there are lubricating drops.

"Those are simple to ge in the pharmacy, you don't have to have a prescription for that and you can keep those in the refrigerator," Said Dr. McCabe, "This way they're a little cool, and they feel refreshing as well." she adds, "If your thinking about rubbing your eyes for quick relief, don't do it because it only makes the problem worse.

YOUR Health and Wellness News

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Featured Health Care Providers Sponsored directory


Gerald Grubbs, MD

View Profile >


John T. Moor, MD

View Profile >


F. Michael Crouch, M.D.

View Profile >


Jack E. Baron, MD

View Profile >


Dr. Sarah Kagan, PhD, RN, FAAN

View Profile >


Michael J. Dattoli, MD

View Profile >


Send your photos & videos to and you could be featured on ABC 7 & our website.