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Question:
Can you swim with pink eye?

Answer:
This depends upon the cause of the redness. If it a subconjunctival hemorrhage (blood spot), swimming is not harmful, but diving and forced breath holding can cause further bleeding. If there is any infection, do not swim in a pool as you may spread the contagion to others. Fresh water often contains organisms which can infect an eye with decreased immunity associated with the presence of other germs. Gentle swimming in the calm ocean is generally all right, except if the redness is due to recent eye surgery. To be safe, consult your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.).

Answered by: Richard G. Shugarman, MDDr. Richard Shugarman

Categories: Eye Conditions

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Answered: Jul 11, 2013

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