As an eye care expert, I often receive complaints about red eyes after a pool swim. This common issue occurs due to a chemical reaction between chlorine and bacteria, sweat, or urine in the pool. To avoid eye irritation and potential long-term damage in your child’s eyes, it's crucial to take preventive measures and seek immediate medical attention if needed.
Wearing trusted and well fitted swim goggles is the best way to protect your eyes while swimming. Cleaning the eyes with Eye Boogies spray after swimming can eliminate any sweat, bacteria, or substances that may react with chlorine. If you experience red eyes after a swim, rinse them with fresh water, spray Eye Boogies spray, and use preservative free artificial tears.
However, if the condition persists or worsens, seek medical attention from an eye care professional as prolonged exposure to chloramines can lead to serious eye conditions such as conjunctivitis or corneal damage.
In conclusion, taking precautions such as wearing goggles and keeping the eyes clean after swimming can prevent red eyes from a pool swim.