My 3 year old stays under the water with his eyes open almost the whole time he is in the pool. This has never been a big problem, but both the boys would complain a bit about their eyes so I added salt a couple of weeks ago.
I have always had to make my youngest get out of the pool to go inside. He loves swimming. Recently, he has started screaming and crying, saying that his eyes hurt after we have been in the water about 15 minutes. And he wants to go inside. His eye are not turning red, but he is in pain. He is a tough little boy and this is really causing him a lot of pain.
Yesterday when this happened we got out of the pool and came in. He was fine after a little while, but then about 2 hours later during bath time he started screaming again saying his eyes hurt. Today we went to the public little activity pool up in Tallahassee and he was having so much fun, but then he started screaming again about his eyes and wanted to leave. We did, but then he would freak out every few minutes on the drive home (about an hour).
I have been testing my water and it has been better than ever, but I took it to the reliable pool store just for a second opinion and they agreed the numbers were good: FC 5, CC 0, TA 90 (I think), pH 7.6, CH 250, CYA 40, and salt 2100.
I called the eye doctor and he said that it just sounds like he is sensitive or allergic to something in the pool water and to use goggles. Do you know how hard it is to get goggles on an active 3 year old boy? Hard. I tried today, but couldn't get them adjusted right and water kept getting in them. I'm going to try a mask tomorrow, but I'm wondering if anyone else has had any problems like this? His eyes aren't red, just burning. Any suggestions?
I have thought about adding borates but went with salt since it seemed easier. Can I add borates now?
Also, I am always fighting a rising pH, I think due to aeration, and so I use muriatic acid. I used it yesterday at least 4 hours before we swam. Shouldn't that have been long enough for it to mix in?
Sorry for the rambling thoughts. I'm just concerned and want to help him enjoy swimming again and want to give y'all all the information I can think of that will help you help me. Thanks!