What causes red eyes when swimming?


NOW AND SHE PLANS ON SHARING THOSE ADVENTURES WITH JOSHUA’S FAMILY.>>WITH THE HEAT HERE IN HOUSTON, ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR PLACES TO BE THIS SUMMER IS THE POOL, BUT FOR SOME, IT’S NOT ALL SPUN AND GAMES IN THE WATER. IF YOUR EYES TURN RED AFTER SWIMMING IN A SWIMMING POOL OR AT A WATER PARK, THE CHLORINE MAY NOT BE THE CULPRIT. RACHEL McNEILL TAKES A LOOK AT THE PROBLEM A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE FACING.>>Reporter: WHEN THE HEAD OF THE C.D.C.’S HEALTHY SWIMMING PROGRAM SHARES INSIGHT INTO SWIMMING POOLS, HE OPENED A LOT OF EYES. THIS CAMPAIGN SHOWS THE SMELL OF WHAT MANY PEOPLE THINK IS CHLORINE IS ACTUALLY THE SMELL OF CHEMICALS SO THAT’S THE COLOR RAINY MEDICATIONS WITH THE PEE, POOP, DIRT, YUCK, AND THE EYES CAN SHOW IT.>>IT CAUSES EXTREME DRYNESS TO THE EYES AND CHEMICAL ALLERGY TO THE EYE.>>Reporter: OPTOMETRIST SAYS A LOT OF RED EYES, BUT IT’S NOT ALWAYS THE POOL TO BLAME.>>MOSTLY IT’S DRY EYES AND ALLERGY EYES.>>Reporter: SUMMER ALLERGENS, DOCTOR SAYS WE HAVE THEM YEAR-ROUND IN THE DEEP SOUTH.>>IT USUALLY COMES IN THREE TO FOUR TIMES, EVERY TIME WE SEE A CHANGES IN LEAVES AND GROWING TIME. OCTOBER IS A BAD TIME. MAY AND JUNE IS A BAD TIME.>>Reporter: SO WHAT ABOUT THE POOL WATER? HOW CAN YOU KNOW THAT IT’S NOT GOING TO BURN YOUR EYES OR TURN THEM RED? HEALTHY POOLS AND WATER PARKS DON’T HAVE A STRONG CHEMICAL SMELL. DOCTOR SAYS HE TRUSTS THAT ITS PH AND DISINFECTANT LEVELS ARE CORRECT, THE PEE AND POOP MIX WON’T BE A PROBLEM.>>HOPEFULLY NOT. PROBABLY MORE FICTION THAN FACT. THE CHLORINE KIND OF DOES IT ALL, PLUS THERE’S NOT ENOUGH.>>Reporter: IF YOU’RE GOING SWIMMING, ADD GOGGLES TO YOUR SWIMMING ATTIRE. DOCTOR SAYS ARTIFICIAL TEARS WITH LUBRICATION CAN EASE ANY ALLERGIC IRRITATION. RACHEL McNEILL, KPRC CHANNEL 2 NEWS.>>C.D.C. RECOMMENDS THAT YOU ASK TO SEE A POOL’S INSPECTION RESULT IF YOU’RE CONCERNED ABOUT ITS SAFETY. IF YOU OWN A POOL, USE TEST STRIPS TO TEST CHEMICAL LEVELS. IF YOU HAVE A CHILD IN SWIMMING DIAPER OR SWIM PANTS, BE AWARE THAT THOSE DO NOT STOP GERMS

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