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A 29-year-old male asked:

Is there any side effect/disadvantage to swimming; especially to the ear and eye inside a treated water?

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Dr. Keshav Narain
Retinal Surgery 30 years experience
Yes.: From the eye perspective, there are a variety of chemicals in treated pool water that can cause ocular irritation resulting in redness. My advice would be to wear swim goggles to minimize exposure. Rinse with a good artificial tears solution after swimming and you will minimize the chances of ocular irritation.
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Yes: Repeated exposure to excessively chlorinated water (without googles) can cause a decrease in corneal stem cells which can lead to redness and dry eye in the future in some patients. Swimmers ear/infections in inner ear is well known to occur in certain patients who swim often.
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Last updated Jun 18, 2017

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