By – Dr Tushar Grover, Medical Director, Vision Eye Centre, New Delhi
Monsoon offers relief from the oppressive heat and sweltering sun, the arrival of monsoon is always looked forward to. But the monsoon season is also known as a season for infections and illnesses. For bacteria and viruses, air serves as a transportation medium. Therefore, even a small disregard for personal cleanliness and health might have serious consequences. The most delicate organ in our body, the eyes are particularly vulnerable to infections and other issues in the monsoon. The most frequent eye infections that occur during the rainy season include conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers and styes (pimple-like lesions over the eyelids), among others.
Here are five recommendations for maintaining eye health throughout the rainy season:
1) Avoid Dust Storms And Wear Sunglasses: Eye irritation and infections due to dust particles in the eye might occur frequently. Dust storms must therefore be avoided. You may protect your eyes from sand when travelling in a storm by using sunglasses or safety glasses.
2) Clean Your Contact Lenses Correctly: If you frequently wear contact lenses, you must take the utmost care when doing so. Contact lens wear without proper cleaning can cause serious sight-threatening infections, especially during the monsoon season.
3. Use a lubricant eye drop if you suffer from dry eye after consultation with treating ophthalmologist: Avoid exposure to dust and dirty water. Use a lubricant eye drop after consultation with your ophthalmologist to keep your eyes moist and wash away dust and debris
4) Keep Towels And Napkins Separate: Eye diseases are contagious. Sharing personal hygiene items like towels, napkins, and handkerchiefs can therefore result in the spread of infectious bacteria and viruses from the afflicted family member to others.
5) Consume Healthier Food: The need for fast food and street food frequently grows during the rainy season. However, eating poorly increases the likelihood of not just systemic health issues, but also eye issues. Consume wholesome salads, fruits, and vegetables and drink plenty of water.