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Five Simple Ways to Protect Your Eyes While Swimming

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If you are looking for some fun, great ways to relax and even thinking to stay in shape, what do you think can be the common option for all of these? How about swimming?

Swimming can provide you with this entire thing at a same time. But it may sometimes prove dangerous for your eyes. There are two possible reasons for this. One is you go swimming in human made pools that contains chlorine and some more harsh chemicals while the other option is some natural water bodies that is filled with salt, bacteria, algae and some other components that may irritate your eyes and may even result in severe eye infections.

You can avoid this damage that can be caused to your eyes in just five simple steps. They are as follows:

  •  Wear Goggles– Goggles can really protect your eyes from all the chemicals and harmful bacteria’s whether you go in public pool containing chlorine or any lake. Opening your eyes underwater might damage them or even cause irritation. So avoid doing this without goggles as much as possible. Goggles will also help you see underwater life clearly and even help you avoid obstacles.
  •  Avoid Contact Lens– Be sure that you remove your contact lenses before entering a pool or lake. There are possible chances that they may trap harmful germs which might be washed away later with water. Go for a pair of prescription goggles, if you don’t need glasses or contacts.
  •  Use Sunglasses– A quality sunglasses with UV protection helps to keep your eyes healthy and protected while you are wading in pool or just hanging out by the lake side. Your eyes get exposed to harmful UV rays as you are nearby water which is very reflective. You can also protect yourself from headaches, eye fatigues and squinting by using a good pair of sunglasses.
  •  Keeping Yourself Hydrated– It is highly recommended to drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water the day you plan to go for swimming. This way you can keep your eyes moist which will help to prevent redness and irritation and will also produce tears through which bacteria’s and chemicals can be repelled.
  • Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes– Till the time you wash your hands properly after coming out of the pool or the lake, don’t take the risk to rub your eyes. The reason for this is that your fingers might contain bacteria and chlorine which may cause irritation and redness in your eyes. If this happens try using a cold compress on them or you can even use natural tears available at most drug stores to flush your eyes.

If you are feeling itchy eyes or found redness in your eyes, please contact your local eye clinic as soon as possible. If you are living or visiting Surrey or Abbotsford, you may contact ICare Doctors of Optometry.

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