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Swimming and the Eye

Swimming and The Eye


A shared communal body of water is a beautiful thing. If you’re wondering how swimming affects your eyes and what you can do to protect them, you’re in the right place. Stinging, burning, redness, and dry eyes are all common afflictions of swimmers getting in and out of the pool– and what’s more, it’s not just chlorine that’s causing all the commotion. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual swimming account reports that the smell of chlorine is actually the buildup of chemicals in combination with sweat, urine, and fecal matter from swimmers’ bodies. This wonderful concoction that ails the eyes is actually a chemical called chloramine.


Before the Pool

If you find yourself questioning those pesky mandatory shower stalls at the pool side, don’t worry, you’re not alone. However, showering before swimming is one of the most effective and only ways to prevent perspiration, urine, fecal matter, and bacteria from entering the water.


Keep in mind, encouraging others to shower before swimming not only protects the wellbeing of other swimmers, but also your personal hygiene. Sweat, dirt, lotions, oils, and bodily fluids are just a few components of the collective bathtub you’re about to enter. Feces 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.


Wearing Protective Eyewear

Chemicals can cause reactions on the exterior and edges of your eyes resulting in redness, itchiness, and watery eyes. Exposure to harmful chemicals and bacteria washes away and disrupts the tear film, a thin multi-layer of water, proteins, and lipids on the surface of the eyes. When this occurs, the protective layer is no longer able to function. Rather than keep eyes moist and clean, chemicals cause water to evaporate from the tear film and in turn, the eyes become dry, uncomfortable, and most importantly, exposed. Sensitivity to chlorine can also cause chemical conjunctivitis, a toxic pinkeye that that results in inflamed and irritated eyes.


Well-equipped with a pair of swimming goggles can keep harmful pool chemicals out of your eyes as well as keep those tear films healthy and lubricated. Wearing protective eyewear such as goggles or sunglasses when exposed to these environments can also prevent infection. On the other hand, contact lenses are not a form of protective eye wear. Water is the perfect medium for bacteria to thrive so it’s best to avoid wearing contacts altogether when entering a pool, hot-tub, beach, ocean, or participating in any water- activity.


After the Pool

Infections such as conjunctivitis can arise if any bacteria transfer out of the pool and into your eye. Washing your face with eyes closed can help wash away any chemicals from your outer lids and lashes. Showering with soap and water washes away any bacteria and germs on your body.


People who swim competitively or often develop dry eye as their tear production diminishes resulting in blurry vision. Staying hydrated is important for keeping eyes comfortable in the hot sun so be mindful of your hydration levels. Artificial tears as well as any lubricating eye drops can also relieve irritated eyes before and after swimming.


Preparation is the Key to Success


There’s nothing better than hanging by the water on a hot summer day to cool down. There’s also nothing worse than waking up with pink-eye the next morning due to exposing your eyes to harmful bacteria. To minimize risk and exposure to toxic microorganisms, wearing protective eyewear such as swimming goggles can prevent any sight threatening contaminations. Contact lenses in the pool, ocean, hot-tub, lake, or any exposure to a water environment can also be hazardous. Spread awareness in your community and maximize 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.


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White V2- Prescription Swim Goggle now $19.95

We’re ‘Celebrating’ the recent whiteout conditions provided by the lovely Polar Vortex (thanks Canada) with a $4 reduction in price on the White/Clear strap V2- Prescription Swim Goggle to just $19.95


Perfect for that getaway vacation that we’re all daydreaming about!


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Shipping for the Holidays

Customers should note that to guarantee your order by December 24th, you should order before December 8th.

We know this probably seems pretty early, but we’ve been notified by customers that ordered over the Thanksgiving weekend that orders started to arrive just this week.   The post is just overwhelmed, and normal times just don’t apply.

If you DO order later and want faster shipping, contact us either via email, phone or on Facebook and we’ll try to figure something out for you.


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Aquagoggles Black Friday Sale Starting Early!

Running from the moment this post goes live, until Sunday (midnight).   25% will be taken off your shopping cart total, just use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2017


Our V2- and V2+ make excellent stocking stuffers for that crazy (we are) swimmer in your family.  Or maybe you’re escaping to a sunny retreat, and wouldn’t it be enjoyable if you could see?

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Freshly Updated Aquagoggles website

Spring is here, finally, and with it a new look More secure than ever with TSL security, and mobile friendly to boot.

We’re excited to have it ready before Summer hits full swing, and to celebrate we’re offering 15% off with the coupon SPRING15 (enter at checkout).

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2016

We’re a little late adding it this year, but there will be a sale from Friday November 25th until Monday November 28th.

Use coupon code: 25BLACKFRIDAY to receive 25% off your purchase through those dates. All orders will go out on the Tuesday (29th) and should be delivered before Christmas. It is the start of the holiday shipping (nightmare) season, so be aware of a possible longer shipping time than usual.

Thanks, and enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend!

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March “Break for the Beach” Winter Sale!


It’s that time of year again. Everyone is so weary of the cold & snow (for anyone north of the 45th parallel anyway).

So when the kids get off for winter break, it’s a perfect time for a vacation somewhere with a beach right? So to make sure either you can keep on eye on them, or they on you, Aquagoggles is putting both our prescription swim goggles as well as all the accessories up for 20% off. Just use the coupon code: WINTER20 at checkout for the discount.

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Happy Holidays, Be Prepared! *(hint, order now!)

One of the busiest seasons of the year is upon us, and we will be processing and shipping orders right up to Christmas Day. However, to ensure that you have your Aquagoggles prescription goggles in time for a stocking stuffer or gift, be sure to order in advance.

Shipping takes a little longer than usual in our experience starting in December. If you are on the East coast of US or Canada, give yourself a week for delivery right now. So that would mean ordering before Dec 17th.
If you’re Central or West coast, I’d give a little more leeway. Say December 14th so it has 10 days for travel.

For our international customers, get your orders in asap! We can’t guarantee that orders after this week will have a chance of delivery before the 25th. For some reason at this time every year, orders to Australia seem to take 2-3x as long as normal. At least you’re enjoying summer though, and outdoor swims.

For those of us stuck in frigid climates, our Zero-Fog antifogging spray works great on glasses, ski goggles or even car windshields! Definitely helps here in the snow belt.