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Irritated Eyes primarily caused by Chlorine?

Irritated eyes

We’ve seen it happen quite often:

- Children coming out of the pool rubbing their eyes

- Parents claiming that it’s definitely because of an excess of chlorine in the pool.

- Consequently, the poor child is not allowed to go into the pool for the rest of the day

 

This belief that there is an excess of chlorine in the pool is in fact myth! In fact, it’s due to a couple of factors:

First, it is the fact that water in general, regardless of being chlorinated or not, will cause dryness in our eyes and thus cause irritation.

Second, it’s the pH level of our pools. When the pH levels of our pools stray too far from the body’s natural pH balance of 7.4-7.6, it can cause irritation.

Finally, it is the presence of chloramines in the pool that can cause irritation. Chloramines form when chlorine combines with what comes out of or washes off the swimmers’ body (sweat, urine, personal care products etc.).

The truth is that chlorine reacts with sweat, body oils and cosmetics to form products that are irritating and make things worse for the swimmer, forming chloramines.

It is then advised for the benefit of our own pools and those who use it, here are hygiene tips:

- Shower before getting into the pool. Each unshowered swimmer adds their dirt, body oil and sweat to the pool!

- Remember to take the kids out for bathroom breaks often so the pool is kept free from any unwanted accidents that chlorine cannot deal with

- Make sure there is the right amount of chlorine in the pool as it in fact is your first line of defence that can make swimmers sick. It guards against bacteria and viruses that can cause conjunctivitis, stomach upset, swimmer’s ear and irritated skin. If you’re unsure of your pH and chlorine levels in your pool, you can order 6 in 1 test strips or drop in with your water to our store for a free test.

Source: http://www.gachd.org/hot-topic/its_not_chlorine_in_the_pool_t.php

 

Burning Eyes; what to do and how to avoid it

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The entire family just spent an amazing day in the swimming pool, playing some great pool games but what do you do when your child starts complaining about burning eyes? And most importantly, how do you avoid it? In this article we have provided some of the reasons why your eyes may be burning, how to make it stop and how to avoid it in the future.

The first step in this case is to take care of your child’s eyes. To do so take him or her to the closest sink and wash out the eyes with clear and lukewarm water during a minimum 2 minutes, one eye after the other. Do not use any product at this stage. After this, dry the eyes with a clean towel. If you have eye drops at home, you could use them now but do not use them too often. If the burning is too painful or if it lasts long after being in the pool, take your child to the doctor to avoid any complications and ask him or her to keep his/her eyes closed as much as possible.

Why does this happen? Eye irritation can appear if the pool is not regularly cleaned and maintained, if the ventilation is not correct in case of an indoor pool or because of chemical imbalance.

Basically, you can face four chemical issues:

2013-10-14_1209 When you have an indoor pool, make sure that you are aware of the optimum ventilation to ensure that you have a good air quality in the pool area. If the quality of air is low this can enhance the production of chloramines.

To identify the cause of the eye irritation, you can proceed by testing the water yourself or by bringing a water sample to our shop for a free water testing.

Keeping the level of chlorine in your pool right is one of the most important things to do, if the level is much too low, you can use a super chlorination product. Make sure that you do not swim in your pool before the right level is obtained. To avoid the development of chloramines, take a shower before swimming to minimize the chemical products on your body such as sun cream and perfume.

We recommend that you ask your kids to wear goggles when they go to the pool. Just to be sure.

If you need professional advice regarding this or anything else about your pool and related products, call our experts on 02 9790 1563.

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