So i got into a friendly debate with my father-in-law last night, (the guy that seems to be an expert of everything), about a statement he made yesterday that suddenly science has discovered the cause of "red eye" in pools was people peeing in it.
Later I googled and apparently the National Swimming Pool Fondation (National Swimming Pool Foundation | News > Healthy Pools Red Eye
) had a press release about pool safety and it seemed that a number of news organizations twisted the story to imply that "Pee is the single cause of Red eye".
Pee, not chlorine, causes red eyes from swimming pools: CDC - Trending - CBC News
CDC: Blame It On The Pee If Your Eyes Are Red After Swimming CBS San Francisco
I then tried to explain how Chlorine reacts with bacteria which forms Chloramines which is that "smell" you get from a pool. This can come from "pee", but really any bacteria (dead bugs, leaves, etc..). Later we got into a debate of my chemistry credentials and then I decided to come here to help support the facts.
First, I thought it was PH imbalance that was the major factor with people having "stinging" or "red" eyes -- not the presence of bacteria. So, if red-eye is not caused by this, Is it actually Chloramines that cause red eye or the bacteria?