Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, comes a CDC report that it’s urine which causes your eyes to turn red in the swimming pool:
“Chlorine binds with all the things it’s trying to kill from your bodies, and it forms these chemical irritants. That’s what’s stinging your eyes. It’s the chlorine binding to the urine and sweat,” says the appropriately named Dr. Michael J. Beach, associate director of the CDC’s Healthy Water program.
Furthermore, reports Complex.com, the fabled dye that causes the water in the pool to change colors if somebody relieves their bladder in the water? It doesn’t really exist.
“It’s a myth. It’s about scaring people into not urinating in the pool,” Beach says.
If you need me, I’ll be on the chaise longue — the whole time.