I was on Facebook the other day and I came across a post from the BPES group. A woman was inquiring if anyone else’s children had trouble with their eyes when swimming. Her daughter didn’t like putting her eyes underwater, and would use goggles, but the woman had trouble finding goggles that would fit. Other members assured her that their kids had similar issues, and gave her some recommendations for brands of goggles to try.
After reading this I was like woah! I have always hated opening my eyes underwater, because it stings, but for some reason, I never connected that to my BPES until now.
Part of the reason is that I have only known for about 5 years that I have BPES. But even when I thought I just had small eyes, for some reason, it never occurred to me that this could affect how my eyes react underwater.
I have always enjoyed swimming and dunking under the water to stay cool, but to this day, it is still uncomfortable trying to open my eyes underwater. I am glad that I read that Facebook post and I now know this is “normal” for people with BPES.