It’s time to hit the beach and take a dive into the ocean. But
should you open your eyes when you’re underwater, or will the water hurt
you open your eyes in the ocean, you may feel a sting. However, it’s
not because you’re being injured. The salt in the water is drying your eyes out.
water in the ocean has a higher salt content than your eyes, saline
drops, or even your tears. As a result, they draw the water from your
eyes, drying them out and creating that stinging sensation.
because the salt is safe doesn’t mean the ocean is completely harmless.
The water could still contain bacteria that could cause an infection,
and sand or other irritants could cause a pterygium to develop.
eyes should be fine if you spend a small amount of time in the water.
If you’ll be in the ocean for a while, though, a set of goggles should
keep you safe.
you need an eye exam, come to CEENTA. Our eye doctors will make sure
your eyes are as healthy as possible so you can enjoy your day out at
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