Summer eye care: Protect your eyes from harsh heat waves

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Corneal burns, dry eyes, tired eyes, pain and allergies are some of the common eye problems of the summer season. When people think of sunburn, the focus is mostly on the skin but very few are aware of the fact that excessive trauma and harmful UV rays can also cause corneal burns, a condition where one has blurred vision, dryness and an intense feeling. Eyes Therefore, following the rules of eye care in summer becomes more important as the tear film of our eyes evaporates due to direct exposure to sunlight and excessive heat.

Here are some essential eye care tips that should be followed religiously for healthy eyes:

Wear sunglasses when going out

Sunscreen is as essential for the skin as it is for the eyes. When you go out in the summer, go for oversized sheds as it will provide extra protection to your eyes. The shadows protect the eyes from corneal burns from harmful UV rays. Some of the main symptoms of corneal burns are dryness, discomfort and tearing.

Stay hydrated

Yes, taking good amount of fluids is essential for good eye health. Since the tear film in our eyes often evaporates during the summer, drinking plenty of water can help your body produce a healthy amount of tears. However, one should refrain from consuming alcohol and caffeine as it leads to dehydration.

Keep your eyes lubricated with eye drops

Sometimes, staying hydrated is not enough. This is when one’s eye drops should be kept close at hand (after consulting an ophthalmologist) because in summer the path to dryness and irritation of the eyes widens, which often leads to eye pain or swelling. It is recommended to use eye drops in the prescription to say goodbye to this condition. It will lubricate the eyes and relieve pain and dryness.

Be careful when applying sunscreen on the face

Summer means applying sunscreen on the face to prevent sun damage. However, you should be careful when applying it near your eyes and around the eyes and in the eyelid area. Sunscreens, which have high SPF, usually cause eye discomfort when inadvertently inhaled. Although it will not lead to permanent damage to the eye, it can cause chemical burns on the surface of the eye. It can be a bit uncomfortable and painful for a few days.

Avoid the midday sun

Restrict your movement to the sun in the morning or later hours of the afternoon, unless it is necessary. During this time the sun is bright and UV rays are at the top. Protecting your eyes from dangerous UV rays is essential for optimal eye health and maintaining your vision.

Always wear eye protection when outdoor activities

In addition to protecting the eyes from ultraviolet rays, eye protection should be worn when engaging in outdoor activities such as swimming, gardening or woodworking outside. Be sure to wear protection such as goggles, goggles, helmets or shields or face shields to protect your eyes and face from possible damage.

To avoid eye problems in summer, one should take active approach for eye care. Be sure to visit your eye specialist at regular intervals.

Dr. Jimmy Mittal MS Ophthalmology, Input from Mittal Eye Care Center




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