Take care of your eyes in summer

Dr Susheel Deshmukh, consultant at Bhojraj Chanrai Sankara Eye Hospital shares tips to take care of your eyes
Summer brings along with it a host of problems, apart from the sweltering heat and constantly soaring temperatures there are also eye problems one has to deal with. Dr Susheel Deshmukh, consultant at Bhojraj Chanrai Sankara Eye Hospital shares tips to take care of your eyes during this season.
Summer has all the factors that can adversely affect the eye and cause vision problems. While we use sunscreens to protect our skin, let us also not miss to protect our eyes, one of the most important and delicate part of our body. Eyes are more prone to get infected during summers, which in turn can lead to various eye disorders
Eye allergies
Allergic disorders of the eye increase during summer. Increased temperature and pollution make one (especially children) prone to eye allergies, which can cause itching and redness along with a burning sensation.
Conjunctivitis is common during summer. It is characterised by redness of eyes, pricking sensation, discharge and watering in eyes. Immediate treatment is important as it will prevent the spread of infection to other people and worsening of the eye condition.
Eyelid swelling, redness and pain occurs when a bacterial infection of the eyelids occurs.
Dry eyes
Dry eyes syndrome is common during these months due to increased temperatures and rapid tear film evaporation.
Increased exposure to UV radiations
With more number of hours spent in the bright sun, our eyes along with the skin is also exposed to excessive UV radiations which can cause dryness, pinguecula, and even precancerous conditions of the ocular surface.
Preventive measures for eyes
-Wear sun glasses, which are 100% UV protected, when out in the sun.
-Avoid direct AC hitting to your eyes
-Restful sleep for six to eight hours helps rejuvenate your eyes in a natural way.
-Simple eye exercises s also do wonders if problems are detected in early stage.
-Puffiness of the eyes and redness can be removed by washing eyes with the splash of cold water few times in a day.
-Relax your eyes with a slice of cucumber on them for a while
-Introduce foods such as green leafy vegetables, fruits, carrots, liver, cod liver, nuts in your daily diet.