The sky is overcast with dark clouds. Lightning streaks across the sky. Clouds thunder threateningly. And this sends people helter skelter. People open out their umbrellas. Those who realise that they have forgotten theirs, try to make up their minds whether they should make a wild dash or hunt for a temporary roof. Mothers frantically try to get their kids into raincoats with the kids resisting with all his might. Some instinctively reach out to protect their prized possessions: laptops and mobiles.
What a frenzy it is! But what about our eyes? Why do we not think of protecting
one of the most delicate yet important organs of our body? Did you start wondering why the eyes need special precautions in the monsoons?
The changing weather is an incentive for various viruses and bacteria to get stronger. When our kids (and adults too) are busy playing in water logged areas and puddles, splashing water at each other, they are literally giving these bacteria direct access to our eyes. Styes and Conjunctivitis are two eye infections that are very common in the monsoons.
Who doesn’t love getting wet in the first rain of the season? There is no greater joy than the feel of rain drops gently caressing your face. But who thinks about the amount of atmospheric pollutants that the rain water brings to our eyes, especially when it slides off buildings and trees? Also, the rain water that goes on the eyes directly can wash off our natural tear film, leaving us with dry irritated tear-less eyes. Sounds so unlikely, doesn’t it? Having dry eyes from getting wet?
Here are some eye care tips to help you keep your eyes safe this monsoon:
· Wash your hands after you have played in the rain. Avoid rubbing your eyes especially with unclean hands.
· Use a warm compress to obtain relief from the pain and swelling of styes.
· If a family member is suffering from an eye infection, do remember to keep his/her linen separate.
· Do not share eye makeup. If you have an eye infection, replace the old makeup after you have been cured of it.
· Use protective glasses when you are exposed to strong winds to prevent drying out of the eyes.
· If you are a contact lens user,
· Do not use your contact lenses when you have an eye infection. After you have recovered, do remember to clean your lens thoroughly before you put it back in your eyes.
· Do not share your contact lens cases or solutions.
· Use sun glasses with UV protection whenever you are outdoors, even if it is a cloudy day.
This year, do remember these eye care tips for monsoons. If you suffer from red eyes or painful eyes, do feel free to contact our Eye Specialist at Advanced Eye Hospital, Navi Mumbai. Hundreds of patients from Sanpada, Nerul, Panvel, Kharghar and Vashi have benefitted from our services at Advanced Eye Hospital. We would be glad to help you too.