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Chlorine - Will It Damage Eyes?

Tue Jun 03, 2003 11:10 pm

Cheers folks...

Just thought of bringing this up. I go swimming quite frequently in swimming pools and I believe they add chlorine into the water to kill the germs. However I don't wear a pair of goggles and I open my eyes in the water and after every swimming session my eyes can be a bit blurish but after a night's sleep it's ok... just wondering, are there any harmful effects when chlorine comes into contact with our eyes?

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RE: Chlorine - Will It Damage Eyes?

Tue Jun 03, 2003 11:35 pm

Well I was a high school swimmer for two years, and rarely ever wore goggles, except during "meets". Although I had the hazy vision and burning sensastion you refer to almost daily (what with practice and all), that was 12 years ago, I can still see just fine without glasses, contacts, or surgery.

So unless you stick your face directly into a bucket of chlorine, I wouldn't be too concerned about it.
 
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RE: Chlorine - Will It Damage Eyes?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 12:00 am

Find out what they are dosing the pool with (chlorine, salt, etc) and as they say in the ad "if the pain persists - see your doctor".

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RE: Chlorine - Will It Damage Eyes?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 12:12 am

I get the burning sensation in my eyes all the time and I don't swim  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: Chlorine - Will It Damage Eyes?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 1:21 am

Chlorine in its concentrated form will damage the eye. The chlorine in pool water will not damage the eye. Most of the irritation caused by swimming without goggles is because of the pH in the pool.
 
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RE: Chlorine - Will It Damage Eyes?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 7:06 am

... and the pH of the pool is lowered because of the addition of... chlorine.

That haziness is actually caused by salt formation on your eyes by the chemical reaction of the chlorinated water with tears. Eventually it gets wiped away after a few hours of tear-cleansing. If you rinse your eyes then it may go away slightly faster, but the irritation and redness with persist just as long.

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RE: Chlorine - Will It Damage Eyes?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 8:34 am

Thanks guys!! I've got a friend who does swim in the sea without a pair of goggles... man won't that hurt!?
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RE: Chlorine - Will It Damage Eyes?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 8:52 am

Seawater is more pH balanced and less corrosive overall... But depending on the beach it could have lots of bacteria in it!

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RE: Chlorine - Will It Damage Eyes?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 9:41 am

You dont wear goggles when you swim? It's a good way to peek at the females while underwater. :-P

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RE: Chlorine - Will It Damage Eyes?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 11:31 am

good answers y'all.

Use artificial tears like Refresh or Systane, afgter swimming. Both are non prescrition drops.

Visine sucks so don;t use it.

And DO NOT wear Contacts when you do swimming UNLESS they are DAILY DISPOSABLES (the kind you throw out EVERY NIGHT after you have orn them)

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RE: Chlorine - Will It Damage Eyes?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 12:39 pm

After swimming in h.s. for three years, I became allergic to chlorine. Everytime I go swimming in the pool now, my nose will run like crazy, and my eyes will turn beet red. Add on top of that swimmer's ear, I ain't going anywhere near water.

But no, I still see quite good. I think the PS2 has more to do with me losing vision than swimming ever did.
 
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RE: Chlorine - Will It Damage Eyes?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 1:40 pm

I go swimming quite frequently, and I don't recall a loss of vision. I do suppose that following Mirrodie's advice is even healthier than just ignoring the problem alltogether.

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RE: Chlorine - Will It Damage Eyes?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 1:51 pm

Definity don;t IGNORE an eye health problem.

My last patient today came in saying that he's had reduced vision out of his right eye for the last 2.5 years. His last eye exam was 3 yrs ago , he says.

To make a long story short, his right eye is BLIND due to glaucoma that silently ate away his vision in that eye. Sadly, no cure exists for vision loss as of yet.

So please...it kills me when I come across MAJOR problems when they could have been treated much earlier.

but don't take my word for it... go to your family eye care provider and get a second opinion.

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RE: Chlorine - Will It Damage Eyes?

Sat Jun 07, 2003 8:41 am

Thanks for the help guys!
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RE: Chlorine - Will It Damage Eyes?

Sat Jun 07, 2003 11:36 am

As a side note; There's growing concern about people peeing in swimming pools. Something to do with ammonia mixing with chlorine forming a type of gas that's proving to be harmful to the respiratory system. Researchers are looking into a link between high cases of asthma sufferers and frequent swimmers.

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RE: Chlorine - Will It Damage Eyes?

Sat Jun 07, 2003 5:39 pm

Ammonia and Chlorine......I belive that is the base chemicals for Phosgene gas. Which the combatants in World War One enjoyed shooting at each other.


In the amounts in urine and a swimming pool, I doubt that there is any threat.
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RE: Chlorine - Will It Damage Eyes?

Sat Jun 07, 2003 11:07 pm

I don't understand how you can not wear goggles if you swim laps. Although I've never tried testing the old wives tale of how your contacts can float right off your eyes if you open them underwater (I wear soft contacts). MSU's pool is filtered with ozone and bromine, not chlorine, and it's really easy on your eyes and skin (and no chlorine build up in your hair). I used to swim at a much smaller pool that used chlorine and it was bad.
 
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RE: Chlorine - Will It Damage Eyes?

Mon Jun 09, 2003 1:32 am

L-188;
Enough that medical professionals are conducting research into the matter. Enough to warrant a spotlight on television.

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