Don’t pee in the pool.  We tell our kids not to pee in the pool.  “Have you ever peed in the pool?”  We all reluctantly would admit to it at some point in our life.  As funny as it sounds, did you know you can get pink eye.   What is pee?  It is urine.  What most people don’t realize is that urine can cause pink eye.  It may also cause pink eye for people swimming in a pool that has been urinated in.  You aren’t safe to relieve yourself in a pool, lake or ocean either.   You shouldn’t swim if you are sick or have any open wounds. Take a shower and a bathroom break first.  However, don’t avoid the fun!  The rest of this hot summer will also expose you to pink eye for various reasons.

What is pink eye?  The typical type is from bacteria.  You find bacteria in the pool and from sweating.  People who have a cold or are around someone sick may contract pink eye; especially if they touch anything that a person who is sick or has pink eye has come in contact with.  This might be a door knob or any sufrace that someone with pink eye has touched.  Pink eye may also be caused from allergies or viurses or fungal infections.  All are potentially sight threatening if not treated.  If you notice yellow stuff or crusty eyelids then you probably have the bacterial type of pink eye which is the most common.  The point is not all types of pink eye are the same and need attention by your eye doctor immediately to prescribe the type of medication to treat your type of pink eye.

Remember even though you’re there for fun, you are potentially sharing body fluids with eyeryone in the water.  To prevent eye infections, I recommend swim goggles or never open your eyes underwater.  I highly recommend that you wear swimming goggles for adults and kids. Obviously, remove contact lenses before swimming.  Swimming goggles are custom made by our office in your prescription which will be determined in your eye exam.  This will help avoid needless forms of pink eye.

See your eye doctor if your eyes stay red and produce any discharge or are painful after your fun in the water!  Schedule an Appointment!

Dr. Warren Johnson | Dr. Do Nguyen

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