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    Stinging eyes, already read all the threads on the subject...

    My wife and kids complained yesterday that their eyes are stinging... the recent change are the pool store finally got our solar cover in stock and we have been using it, and we have been at a salt level of (according to the strips) 1970 (the autopilot in the start of the season asked for 68lbs of salt..we did that to get to the above level, it has been running without complaint but I felt I wanted to add a bit so I put in 50lbs the middle of last week)

    I did a full test last night:

    PH 7.5
    FC 4.5
    CC .5
    TC 5
    TA 90
    CYA 80
    Borates more than 0, less than 15
    Salt 5.6 on the AquaChek strip, which is 2310, the Autopilot was happy at 1970....

    Reading all the threads it seems the issues, or solutions I have already done...

    I did ask if the kids were wearing sunscreen on their faces, and the day before they were but yesterday they did not.

    I went for a swim last night, and purposefully swam a bit with my eyes open underwater to see if I had issues, I had none.

    I'm stumped, help?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Stinging eyes, already read all the threads on the subject...

    Hummmmmmmmm thinking out loud here..............I seem to remember another poster that said the same thing. They put the PH up or down (man I wish I could remember) and that solved the problem.

    Burning/Stinging eyes

    Click on the link in that post. That should help you!

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    Re: Stinging eyes, already read all the threads on the subject...

    Hi Kim, thanks for trying to help

    That thread the "solution" suggested was to put salt in the water, we already have that Maybe you meant to link to another thread, that one doesn't really mention keeping the PH at anything apart from 7.5

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    Re: Stinging eyes, already read all the threads on the subject...

    I got off track, sorry LOL I forgot all about the PH when I saw the stuff about the salt.

    I am thinking the amount of salt? could be the problem?

    Do a search for "stinging eyes" on the TFP home page and see what you find. There are several posts about it.

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    Re: Stinging eyes, already read all the threads on the subject...

    I have trouble reading PH above 7.5, somewhere up there my daughters start complaining about stinging eyes so then I'll bring PH back down to around 7.2 and they no longer complain.
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    Re: Stinging eyes, already read all the threads on the subject...

    Hi I am new on this forum but read your post with interest. 7.5 does not seem to be overly high for ph. One question, how long after you took your cover off did everyone use the pool. I only ask as there may be a small collection of chlorine gas on or around the surface of the pool. I had this problem with a certain SWG pool and after suggesting not to use the pool for at least 30mins after the cover was open, the problem of stinging eyes seemed to disappear.
    Just a thought.

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    Re: Stinging eyes, already read all the threads on the subject...

    My PH IS 7.4. Granddaughter and I both had stinging eyes today but sunscreen was the culprit. I could barely see all day. Won't make that mistake again!
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    Re: Stinging eyes, already read all the threads on the subject...

    They probably went right in after the cover was removed...and were probably in there for a few hours, I'll suggest waiting a bit. I had read another thread about sunscreen or sweat potentially being the culprit, but the second time it happened they didn't put on sunscreen before swimming.
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    Re: Stinging eyes, already read all the threads on the subject...

    Are you leaving the cover on during the day? You have higher than normal CC which is normally burned off by the UV rays of the sun.
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    Re: Stinging eyes, already read all the threads on the subject...

    My guess is slightly elevated CC due to the cover being on.

    Also, I think there will always be some eye irritation if you are in the pool for a long time and often have your eyes open underwater.

    I find that using goggles can sometimes make it worse. I think the chlorine in the little water inside the goggles reacts with your skin to form CC which are then trapped around your eyes.
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    Re: Stinging eyes, already read all the threads on the subject...

    Interesting, my kids swap on and off the goggles constantly, they don't do a lot without them, I wonder if trapping the water inside makes it worse

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