How to keep your eyes safe while swimming

If you are anything like us, then you love swimming. Whether it’s in a pool, or out in some ocean or sea, swimming is a highly relaxing and fulfilling activity. There is nothing more satisfying than jumping in the water and taking a swim. It feels as if all your stress and tension were left behind in the water and you come out all clean and relaxed, for the time being. Furthermore, swimming is also the most enjoyable and fun form of exercise.

However, you might have noticed that every time you come back from a swim, you feel some irritation or redness in your eye. This is because of all the chemicals and components found in the pool water. To keep the pool water clean, chlorine is used. However, when this chlorine reacts with the other components of the water, it forms chloramine which can be damaging for our eyes. With the rest of your body, it is not as dangerous, as you can wash them off later when you shower. But with your eyes, you have to be extremely careful. Therefore, it is highly important to take care of your eyes and protect them whenever you go swimming. Here are some of the ways you can do that;

  • Wear Goggles (or any other safety glasses)

Goggles are one of the best ways to protect your eyes and keep them safe. Not only do they make it easy for you to see underwater, but they also limit your exposure to all the harmful elements of the water. Just make sure that you are wearing ones that are the right size for your face. If they are even a little bit loose, then there would be some opening for the water to get in, and hence that would defeat the entire purpose of wearing them. Too tight and they might leave some scars around your eyes.

  • Remove Contact Lens

If you wear contacts and have been going swimming while wearing them then you have been making a mistake. Not only do they cause more irritation later, but they also become a shelter for bacteria and viruses. And by the time you take them out before going to bed, it’s already too late.

So harmful compounds or not, removing your contact lens should always be a priority task before you jump in the water for a good swim.

  • Wash your Eyes

Even with all the precautions, like wearing safety goggles and removing your contact lens, you still need to wash your eyes after you are done with the swimming. And the best way to do that is to just close your eyes and let the water run down. Make sure that you use cold water for this as hot water can be dangerous. You can do it while you are taking shower or in the sink as well if the water is too cold.

Also, make sure that you do not rub your eyes unless or until you have washed them.

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