Childhood Diseases

Posted by: minki | 2013-02-21



greetings i dont c an optometrist on this panel so hope you can help. my 9 yr old swims regularly min 2 days per week for 45 min at a time sometimes more because she loves it and part of her sport for school galas. My concern is although she wears goggles her eyes become very red, she also has a allergy history too. Now i heard someone say that diving is so bad and can cause retina detachment? is that remotely true doc? if so should diving just be avoided completly? since swimming so much she has a lot of eye complaints for which i will take her to an optometrist but just wanted your opinion too.

Expert's Reply



It is probably the chlorine in the swimming pool that is irritating your daughter's eyes and causing a chemical conjunctivitis. Some water is probably leaking past the sides of her goggles and causing this irritation. Try to find goggles that fit well and are made of silicone insead of plastic or rubber. Although diving is regarded as one of the risk sporting activities that may cause retinal detachment such as boxing or contact sports,this has not been proven and the usual advice is to continue with diving.

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