Eye Sight : Summer Eye Care Tips

By Mukherjee, Meghna

The scorching heat during the daytime can harm your eyes. Here are a few tips to tell you how to keep those ocular problems at bay this time of the year

Summer is typical with dust, heat and excessive sunlight. Not only do these affect your skin and hair but your eyes as well. Says leading ophthalmic surgeon Dr Keiki Mehta, "Just as we use sunscreen and other protectants from the harmful UV rays of the sun, similarly we need to protect our eyes too. Overexposure to ultraviolet rays of the sun can lead to cataract, retinal damage and other eye problems as well."

Choose a pair of good sunglasses

UV treatment in eyeglass lenses block the rays from damaging your eyes. Adds Mehta, "For summer, the ideal sunglasses are those with a wrap around frame. It keeps sun, dust and grime out." Apart from this, consider opting for polarised lenses as they reduce the glare from reflective surfaces and are great if you're keen about water-based activities and driving.

Eye protection while swimming

The cool water is quite inviting on a hot day, but do not forget to take care of your eyes from the chlorine in the pool. In this weather, the incidence of skin infection in swimming pool rises, thus it can lead to eye irritation. While swimming, consider using googles and afterwards, wash and rinse your eyes properly with fresh water to reduce the redness that is caused due to chlorine water.

Eye drop is a must

It is not only your skin that dries out during summer, but also your eyes. Eye experts claim using lubricating drops will prevent your eyes from getting itchy.

Use an eye pack

Do not just treat your skin and mane, but consider using a cooling eye pack once in a while. You can place two pieces of cucumber on your eyes before going off to bed or rather, just spray some rose water to keep your eyes fresh and cool.

Times of India

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