Protect Your Eyes
Eyes are the most wonderful and gifts of god to us. Most of us take this gift for granted and ignore the fact that the eyes are one of the most sensitive organs of our body. During summer, protection of the eyes from harmful sun-rays and the dusty environment should be given utmost importance. Ultra-violet rays of the sun can damage the long-term health of the eyes. Ultra-violet radiation can play a contributory role in the development of various ocular disorders, including age-related cataracts, pterygium, cancer of the skin around the eyelids. The eye may be at great risk from the sun than the skin.
During summer, allergy problems are on the rise. The pollen-grains and dust storms flare up the allergies in the eyes. Vernal conjunctivitis, usually occurring in children, is most common during warm weather, Most often it affects both eyes and may be recurrent. It is characterized by severe itching and thick mucous discharge. It occurs every year in the same season till the age of 10-12 years. Other allergies are also on the increase and itching/ irritation and redness of the eyes are common in summers. One should consult an eye specialist for the same.
During the hot season, dry eye problems increase and tend to become worse. The tear film gets evaporated faster because of higher temperature and the increased use of air-conditioning. Air conditioning dehumidifies the air which increases the dry eye symptoms like foreign body sensation in the eye or irritation or discomfort in the eyes.
Eye Protection Wears
Appropriate eyewear and hats are not just fashion accessories but are essential. It is important to ensure that one invests in good quality eye-wear that blocks 100 percent ultra-violet radiation. People who wear prescription glasses need fret. Today, the market has photochromic lenses which automatically adjust to the level of ultra-violet light they are exposed to going from exceptionally clear indoors to sunglass dark outdoors. While most prescription lenses offer some ultra-violet ray protection, not all are equally effective.
Wear plastic photochromic lenses that block 100 percent ultra-violet radiation and enhance visual comfort by preventing eye fatigue by reducing glare. Plastic photochromic lenses optimize visual clarity by allowing just the right amount of light to reach the eye. These lenses transition from clear to dark quickly when you move from indoor to outdoor and faded back just as fast when you move indoors from outdoors.
Precautions During Summer:
- Take a glass of water before going out.
- Avoid direct air currents.
- Wear protective glasses while going out.
- Avoid rubbing of eyes.
- Frequent flashing of eyes with a cold compress.
- Avoid walking in a dusty area.
- It’s good to wear protective good quality eyeglasses with an umbrella or a cap or a hat while stepping out.
- Use of any eye-drop under medical supervision is useful.
- Use plastic photochromic lenses that block 100 percent ultra-violet radiation.