Warning:Anti-fog soln is DANGEROUS!

Warning:Anti-fog soln is DANGEROUS!

Post by wal.. » Wed, 28 Jun 1995 04:00:00


This is FYI for anyone using anti-fog solutions.

Be very careful with this stuff.  I have a friend who only used it during
races (she did NOT train with the stuff).  We did Bass Lake last year, and
she THOUGHT she got some dirt in her eyes during the swim.  She did the whole
race with one eye closed shut, and the other barely open, then we spent three
hours in the emergency room with the doctor trying to figure out HOW she had
abraided her eye so badly.  (She wore an eye patch for two days after....)

This year she did Wildflower short course and the same thing happened (only
worse).  She barely finished the race (hard to do a tri when you can't see
the course!), and we FINALLY figured out it wasn't dirt in her eye at all but
that damn anti-fog stuff.  She went to the optometrist the next day, he was
amazed at the extent of the scarring (and the height of her pain threshold!).
She was in an eye patch for a week this time...

To this day, she has NOT regained full sight in one eye, probably never will.
We threw the anti-fog stuff out before we even got out of the transition area
at Wildflower.

It was a VERY EXPENSIVE lesson learned, and I hope others will benefit from it.
Be VERY wary of any chemicals that come into contact with your eyes.

To de-fog my goggles, I use toothpaste.  I am very careful to rinse ALL the
toothpaste out after I clean the inside of the goggles with it.  I haven't had
any problems with my eyes burning....

tony walsh

 
 
 

Warning:Anti-fog soln is DANGEROUS!

Post by Jon Moen » Wed, 28 Jun 1995 04:00:00

Spit always seems to work well for me. Always available and easy to apply. Just
spit into goggles, smear around gently, rinse and wear...
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Warning:Anti-fog soln is DANGEROUS!

Post by Jim Simmo » Thu, 29 Jun 1995 04:00:00


Quote:
>Spit always seems to work well for me. Always available and easy to apply. Just
>spit into goggles, smear around gently, rinse and wear...
>--

NO!
This creates a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
They do ok in your mouth, but when they get in your eyes its not funny.
I, too, used to do this until I started getting worse and worse eye
problems after swimming - once (finally) to the point where I had to
take the day off work because I was effectively blind.
Now I just keep them clean - a little soap and rinse occasionally.
It is the "dirt" that the condensation forms on (like seeding clouds, say).
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Warning:Anti-fog soln is DANGEROUS!

Post by David Hatl » Sat, 01 Jul 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

>This is FYI for anyone using anti-fog solutions.
>Be very careful with this stuff.  I have a friend who only used it during
>races (she did NOT train with the stuff).  We did Bass Lake last year, and
>she THOUGHT she got some dirt in her eyes during the swim.  She did the whole
>race with one eye closed shut, and the other barely open, then we spent three
>hours in the emergency room with the doctor trying to figure out HOW she had
>abraided her eye so badly.  (She wore an eye patch for two days after....)
>This year she did Wildflower short course and the same thing happened (only
>worse).  She barely finished the race (hard to do a tri when you can't see
>the course!), and we FINALLY figured out it wasn't dirt in her eye at all but
>that damn anti-fog stuff.  She went to the optometrist the next day, he was
>amazed at the extent of the scarring (and the height of her pain threshold!).
>She was in an eye patch for a week this time...
>To this day, she has NOT regained full sight in one eye, probably never will.
>We threw the anti-fog stuff out before we even got out of the transition area
>at Wildflower.
>It was a VERY EXPENSIVE lesson learned, and I hope others will benefit from it.
>Be VERY wary of any chemicals that come into contact with your eyes.

I agree with the warning but I am sure that your friend must have used too much
of the anti-fog solution and not rinsed her goggles properly. I have been
using anti-fog solution in tris for over a year now with no problems at all.

I apply the solution the night before the race, roll it around inside the lens,
then rinse the goggles in clean water. The anti-fog works for around two weeks,
so this is fine for any race.

Hope this helps.

David Hatley

 
 
 

Warning:Anti-fog soln is DANGEROUS!

Post by Wdh69 » Sat, 01 Jul 1995 04:00:00

Quote:
>Be VERY wary of any chemicals that come into contact with your eyes.<

The anti-fog solution I use (Speedo) goes on my goggles, not in my eyes!
One TINY drop on each lens, thoroughly wiped before putting on the goggles
has always worked for me.  Also, I always dip the goggles in the water
before putting them on.