4 Critical Facts about Eye Health and Swimming

With daytime highs climbing into the 90’s and even touching 100 degrees this week in the Raleigh-Durham area, Triangle residents are heading to the pool in huge numbers to cool off. Whether it’s a regular exercise routine or just splashing around for fun, swimming is one of the favorite summertime activities in North Carolina. Dr. Beth R. Friedland  encourages her patients to enjoy the water; at the same time it is important to practice proper eye care in the pool to avoid irritation and infections. The staff at Park Ophthalmology always welcomes questions about the best habits for maintaining eye health.

Know these four critical facts about swimming in chlorinated water before jumping in:

  • Chlorine exposure: Sometimes swimmers experience red, irritated eyes and blurred vision after leaving the pool. Chlorine, used to keep pools sanitary, can dehydrate the cornea. The effects usually go away in a few minutes, but can take longer for older swimmers. Cold compresses can help reduce the irritation. If this is a problem, call the offices of Beth R. Friedland M.D. and ask about the Doctor’s recommendation for lubricating eye drops.
  • Eye infections: Conjunctivitis (pink eye) and other eye infections can result in swimmers who don’t use goggles. This is because the water washes away the tear film, which keeps eyes clean and protects them from dirt and bacteria. Swimmers should flush their eyes with warm water or a saline solution after swimming.
  • Contact lenses: Swimmers need to remove contact lenses before getting into the pool. A potentially serious infection, Acanthamoebic keratitis, can develop when an amoeba gets stuck between the cornea and the contact lens. Symptoms include tearing, a sensation of something in the eye, blurry vision and sensitivity to light. If untreated, ulcers on the cornea can develop, which may result in permanent vision impairment.
  • Swim goggles: Goggles aren’t just for competitive swimmers. They provide clear vision while swimming plus protect eyes from chlorinated water. Goggles come in all sizes, colors and styles, including fun designs for children to encourage their use.

Get out and enjoy the Triangle’s great weather. If irritation or other problems continue for more than a few hours after leaving the pool, contact Park Ophthalmology to make an appointment with Dr. Friedland. Eye health starts with knowing the right way to protect your eyes.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829


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6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

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