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Taking the Sting Out of Pool Water

July 25, 2009


Are you experiencing eye irritation after swimming in a pool? Irritation is typically not caused by high levels of chlorine, as most people suggest, it is often caused by poor pH levels, or water that is not chemically balanced. The human eye carries a pH of about 7.2. Exposure to pH levels significantly lower or significantly high than 7.2 will irritate the eye. That is why citrus fruits that are acidic and soaps and shampoos that are alkaline sting our eyes as well. A pool water pH of between 7.2-7.8 is recommended for ideal eye comfort and disinfection.

By testing the swimming pool water and correcting these levels daily, the problem should disappear. To keep from experiencing eye irritation while swimming, always wear goggles or a mask.

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