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what happens if you swim with your eyes open underwater in a chlorine swimming pool?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Irritated eyes: The weak chlorine solution found in swimming pools is an irritant to the conjunctiva of the eye. This usually results in a slight burning sensation, redness and possibly some blurred vision.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Andrew Shatz
25 years experience Ophthalmology
Eye irritation: Chlorine is an eye irritant. It can create a mild chemical burn on the skin covering the white of the eye (conjunctiva) and the clear window of the eye (cornea). Although it is not dangerous, it is very uncomfortable. If you have sensitive eyes or are at a pool with a high chlorine level, wear swim goggles or a mask.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Nope: If it were, they wouldnt put chlorine in there, right? It just can irritate a little. Enjoy!
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Dr. John Goldman
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Not allergy but irri: This can be an irritation of chlorine on the eyes bump itis not an allergy. The goose bumps are normal and is due to evaporation of the water and st ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: Many people do. Wearing swimming goggles will provide better vision and make your eyes less irritated, however.
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Dr. Stan Coleman
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Chlorine: Sometimes chlorine can cause irritation requiring a stronger drop such as a steroid..Should see ophthalmologist if the symptoms are persistent to obta ... Read More

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