Saltwater pool horrible red eyes

MCF50

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Aug 18, 2020
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FC at 5ppm. Cya at 70. Me and my son get horrible red eyes swimming. I thought a saltwater pool was supposed to stop this. Read high chlorine (above 3ppm) can cause red eyes. But this forum says put it at 5ppm with cya at 70. So what should I change to get rid of the red eyes.
 

kellyfair

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Check your ph.
 

MCF50

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All levels are within this forum recommendations. FC 4.6. Cya 70. CC zero. Ph 7.6-7.8. TA 90. CH 400
 

Jimrahbe

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MFC,

I run an FC of 7 ppm or more with a CYA of 70 or so.. I can swim with my eyes open under water with no issues..

We need a full set of test data..

Thanks,

Jim R.
 

MCF50

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We can swim under water no issues at all. It’s when we get out after a couple hours in the pool our eyes are very red. Results posted above.
 

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FC 4.6? That result didn't come from a Taylor test kit!
 

mknauss

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Rubbing your eyes while swimming can cause red, irritated eyes. Do you best to not rub your eyes.
 

kellyfair

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How are you testing your water?
 

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Newdude

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Hey MCF !! For what it’s worth I ran hot with a target FC of 10 and a CYA of 70 with my salt. The PH was always on the high side of in range.

swimmer after swimmer after swimmer remarked how amazed they were to have no stinging like every other pool they’d been in. So I can attest that up to double your FC, it won’t matter and something else must be going on.
 

Kevinr14

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Are you putting sunscreen on your faces? Particularly the forehead? I find it always runs down into my eyes and make them sting for a while.
 
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kellyfair

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Are you putting sunscreen on your faces? Particularly the forehead? I find it always runs down into my eyes and make them sting for a while.
Yep, this happen to me too... I’ve started wearing an old baseball cap in pool so I don’t need sunscreen above eyes.
 

JeaniB

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Our tears are approximately 7000 ppm of salt. It isn’t the salt causing this.
 

MCF50

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No sunscreen. Nothing. I just got in again for another hour. Blood shot. Have to use drops. No burning or anything at all while swimming. Just after. Maybe I’m just sensitive. I do get dry eyes from lasik surgery.
 

kimkats

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@Dirk found out what was bothering his eyes when he got out. He was rubbing his eyes to get the water out/off. He started just patting his eyes with the towel and it worked best to keep from irritating his eyes.
 

NCMike

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No sunscreen. Nothing. I just got in again for another hour. Blood shot. Have to use drops. No burning or anything at all while swimming. Just after. Maybe I’m just sensitive. I do get dry eyes from lasik surgery.
I have the same problem. My eyes are very sensitive to my water and I had Lasik 5 years ago. My wife and kids can swim all day and no issues. I have just always assumed that it was the Lasik that made them sensitive.
 
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