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Eye Health for Pools, Schools, and Looking Cool!

POSTED ON August 3, 2012

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To me, being able to swim and go to the lake is one of the best parts of the summer! But, how much does the chlorine really affect your body? Well, chlorine is great to kill unhealthy bacteria, but it can create chemical compounds that will irritate your eyes. Your eyes will turn red when blood vessels near the surface of the eye become enlarged and dilated.  Too much exposure to chlorine could even cause noninfectious pink eye. Wearing goggles will ensure that your ...

To me, being able to swim and go to the lake is one of the best parts of the summer! But, how much does the chlorine really affect your body? Well, chlorine is great to kill unhealthy bacteria, but it can create chemical compounds that will irritate your eyes. Your eyes will turn red when blood vessels near the surface of the eye become enlarged and dilated.  Too much exposure to chlorine could even cause noninfectious pink eye. Wearing goggles will ensure that your eyes stay healthy!

Can your contacts act as goggles? In short, no. The water can damage lenses by bending, ripping, or folding them. Waves can even cause you to lose the lens itself in the water. (Good luck finding it!) Additionally, the harmful chemicals can get behind the lenses and cause even more irritation. Once water gets behind contact lenses, bacteria will attach to the lenses (and your eye). When wearing contacts, it is as important as ever to wear your goggles.

Even when you aren’t in the pool, harmful UV rays still can penetrate your eyes. The UV rays actually reflect off of the pool or the lake and magnify on their way into your eyes. Purifier Polarized lenses will block out the harmful UV rays and protect your eyes. Wearing Purifier Polarized lenses will ensure that your eyes are safe while near bodies of water.

Now that school is starting, we need to enjoy as much of the nice weather as possible! But, make sure to be safe while having fun. If you have questions about eye safety or if you are concerned visit your local Dr Tavel for help!

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