Why Does Swimming Pool Water Burn Your Eyes?

Water recreation is a great way to relax and exercise, but it’s no place to forget about your eyes. No matter how well they’re maintained, pool water contains human bacteria. If you’re not careful, eye infections can impair vision.

When you’re in a pool, wear a snug pair of swimming goggles. Also be careful when wearing contact lenses in water environments.

In hot tubs there is a particular bacteria risk. Ensure that you keep your eyes out of the water, or provide yourself with a thorough shower rinsing afterward.

All content is provided for education and information, and is no substitute for the advice of your optometrist. This information is provided courtesy of the British Columbia Association of Optometrists (B.C.A.O.). The B.C.A.O. assumes no responsibility or liability arising from any errors or omissions or from the use of any information contained herein.