I bet we’ve all had our issues with the effects of chlorine: from those in the itchy, irritated skin camp to the folks who suffer from dry, brittle fingernails after taking a dip, to the poor souls who have experienced stripping of their hair’s natural oils or even the horrifying addition of a green tint to the color of their hair after a run-in with an over-chlorinated pool!
However, when it comes to your eyes, the effects of chlorine can be even more detrimental. You see, there is a film on your cornea that protects your eyes from dirt and bacteria; and while chlorine is wonderful at keeping germs at bay, it can also wear away that protective film on your eye! Chlorine can also cause the more common dehydrated, red eyes, as well as the rarer occurrences of temporary blurry or distorted vision.
Saltwater pools, considered a more natural option, are a bit easier on our bodies. However, chlorine is a by-product of salt, so swimmers will still come into contact with small amounts of chlorine in saltwater pools.
The take-away here is that we should be careful not to soak too long in chlorinated water or it may take its toll. If you wear contacts, remember to take them out before entering a swimming pool. Goggles are an excellent “eye-dea” as well. We can also limit the negative effects of chlorine by properly maintaining our pool water balance. For help in this arena, feel free to call the pool professionals at SE Pool Supply & Chemical – 386-410-5867.