There’s nothing like a bad case of red itchy dry eyes to ruin your morning.

Conjunctivitis is the inflammation and infection of the eye, also known as “pink-eye,” and can be caused by allergies, chemical exposure, or infection.

Protect your family from poolside pink eye and practice proper hygiene by taking these simple pool precautions before and after entering the pool.

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention considers chlorine and pH levels the first defence against sickness for swimmers. However healthy swimming requires both proper pool management and a hygienic practice to be effective. Try these simple tips to keep on swimming!

Shower before entering and exiting the pool

Showering before entering the pool is the best way to wash away perspiration, urine, faecal matter, and bacteria. Encourage others to hop into the pool showers to not only look after your personal hygiene, but also protect the health of your families and friends.

Sweat, dirt, lotions, oils, and bodily fluids are just a few components of the collective bathtub you’re about to enter. Faeces and urine go hand in hand with public pools, kind of like peanut butter and jelly but not delicious at all. So, make sure to take a shower with soap and water before entering the pool to reduce any bacterial residue in both skin and hair.

Goggles Goggles Goggles

Keep germs out of the pool and body by wearing protective eyewear. Swimming goggles are essential to protecting the outer layer of your eye, the tear film. Harmful pool chemicals can irritate this protective layer by washing it away and stressing the eye.

Pink eye arises when bacteria enters the eye from the pool. Chemicals can also cause the eye to become dry, red, and itchy. Swimming goggles,and even prescription goggles, help maintain clear vision and keep bacteria out. Rinsing the face with eyes closed helps keep bacteria and chemicals out. Avoid wearing contacts in the pool to prevent bacterial contamination and vision threatening conditions.

Stay Hydrated and Keep It Moving

Hydration is important to keep the eyes moist and lubricated. Pool water in the eyes can reduce tear production and result in blurry vision. Avoid swallowing pool water my keeping the mouth closed. Swimming with any cuts and open wounds should also be avoided. Hot temperatures can easily cause dehydration so it’s important to be mindful of hydration levels. Artificial tears as well as any lubricating eye drops can also relieve irritated eyes before and after swimming. 

When pH and chlorine levels are not appropriately monitored, swimmers can take part of maintaining healthy pools as well as their protecting their health by taking these simple precautions. Spread awareness in your community and maximise your health and hygiene simply by wearing goggles and taking a shower before and after swimming.

Christin Lee is a yoga instructor, entrepreneur, and lifestyle blogger living in NYC with a passion for universal human rights. She currently writes for InsiderEnvy a site focused on travel, health, and eyecare.