Care of your Eyes in Summer
June 15, 2012
Heat, Dust and Ultra Violet rays are the thee things that should be taken care to protect your eyes during the summer season, the most common eye diseases that took place during summers are eye infection and allergic conjunctivitis. Dust heat and pollens predispose to allergic conjunctivitis which may be in the form of marked itching, redness and watering of eyes.
Stickiness of eyes in the morning is also a symptom of your eyes are not getting it safe during summers and is common in young age groups, i.e. 6-20 years, It is known as known as vernal conjunctivitis.
Keratoconjunctivitis is also seen more often in the summer. Itching is the characteristic feature of this type of conjunctivitis.
Heat and dust can causes dry eyes and dry eyes causes a foreign body sensation and burning of eyes throughout the day after which the patient feels irritated, tired and wants to close his eyes and sleep. Watching T.V. and working on the computer also aggravates this problem.
It is possible to prevent or minimize these harmful effects of summer by taking the following precaution:
1. Avoid going out in the sun, especially in peak hours, unless necessary
2. Wear appropriate goggles when going out, it is more useful to have goggles that cover the side of temples. This will limit exposure not only to heat and ultra violet rays, but to dust and fumes also.
3. It is advisable to avoid contact with animal dung and going to dump areas, or areas with thick vegetation and trees, in order to limit exposure to possible allergens.
4. Care of personal hygiene is important. Regular washing of hands and face is recommended. However, frequent washing of eyes is not advisable, as it washes away antibodies present in tear. Rubbing of eyes with dirty hands can aggravate the problem, leading to infections, pus formation and boils over eyelids, known as sties.
5. Air conditioners help to filter air and to limit exposure to allergens. However, if one has irritation in eyes, then sitting directly in front of the air conditioner is not advisable.
6. It is important to limit the use of contact lenses in dusty environment. Proper cleaning and storage should be followed.
7. Use of makeup, especially eye makeup, should be avoided as far as possible, especially if already there is itching and irritation. It is important to remove all trace of make up before sleeping. Even if one uses make up, select appropriate brands and once opened, discard the particular cosmetic within six month. Remember not to share make up with others.
8. It is advisable to take lots of fluids to avoid dehydration, which can indirectly affect tear formation.
9. Lubricant eye drops can be used on a regular basis, after consultation with your eye specialist.
10. It is important to consult an eye specialist at the earliest, if there is redness, watering or itching of eye. If the infection or recurrent condition like vernal kerato conjunctivitis is not treated appropriately, they can cause further damage to the cornea.
We wish that you never loose your vision, but unfortunately of you undergo the problem of vision loss then there are vision correction surgery procedures such as lasik surgery are available which can help you in getting your vision back.