The monsoons for many like me are all about hot pakodas, masala chai, and getting drenched once in a while; it is bliss! However, ‘tis also the season to be down with infections and diseases (no sugar coating the truth here). Even a little negligence towards personal hygiene and health can cause significant health concerns, especially now when we are amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The eyes being the most delicate organ of our body are also the most prone to diseases and problems during monsoon in India. Conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, itchy eyes, watery eyes, and styes are the most common eye infections that occur during the rainy season. To make sure that doesn’t happen to you or your family, you must take basic precautionary measures. That’s where we come in!
Here are seven eye care tips you need to follow this monsoon for healthy eyes.
1 Avoid Dust Storms And Wear Sunglasses
Dust particles in the eye can be a cause of irritation and infections. Avoid venturing outdoors during a storm, but if you must, ensure you wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from dust. Moreover, if you get caught in heavy rains, make sure to rinse off the dust from in and around your eyes, immediately.
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2 Clean Your Contact Lenses
If you wear contact lenses or colored contact lenses, you must make sure to use them with the utmost care. Following proper contact lens hygiene is crucial. Wearing contact lenses without cleaning them can cause severe eye infections and irritation, especially during the monsoon in India.
3 Avoid Sharing Towels And Napkins
Eye infections are communicable, and sharing personal hygiene items such as towels and napkins will only increase the spread of infectious bacteria and viruses. Therefore, you must avoid sharing them with anyone, even if they are family.
4 Eat Healthy Food
Rain and roadside chai-pakoda may seem like a match made in heaven to many – if definitely is to me! However, unhealthy eating only causes a magnified risk of contracting eye problems. Therefore, avoid the intake of oily snacks and cold drinks. Instead, opt for healthy snacks, fruits, and salads. You should include green leafy vegetables, corn, berries, yogurt, and eggs in your diet during the rainy season. Remember to clean and cook them thoroughly to avoid illnesses.
Stay away from your mascara and kohl during the monsoon season as eye makeup can be a breeding ground for bacterial and viral infections that can harm your eyes. If the occasion is unavoidable and you need to wear makeup, opt for waterproof cosmetics to avoid the makeup running into your eyes when wet. Furthermore, store your makeup products in dry places during this season to prevent bacterial buildup.
6 Switch To Eyeglasses
Though there are many positives to wearing contact lenses in the monsoon, there are some drawbacks too. If something gets into your eyes during the monsoon showers and winds, there is no escaping from severe eye irritations or infections, especially if you have lenses on. So, take the safer path and switch to your eyeglasses or always carry them with you when wearing contact lenses.
7 Elderly Care
With the onslaught of the rainy season, humidity levels can quickly give rise to fears of germ infections making the elderly more prone to monsoon diseases. Senior citizens are more likely to get affected in the rainy weather. Common illnesses include the flu, conjunctivitis, eye infection, and fatigue. The best way to fight this is by staying hydrated, having a protein-rich diet, maintaining hygiene (especially the eyes), exercise and avoiding crowded places.
8 Fight Infections
In the case of styes, use a hot compress to release the pus and decrease swelling. For conjunctivitis, skip sharing any clothing that comes in contact with your eyes, like tissues and towels. Wash your hands to avoid further irritation and avoid touching the infected area. Make sure you wear sunglasses every time you head outside, to keep dust and rain from reaching your eyes.
9 Kids Care
While adults have a fair sense of taking the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infections, children have comparatively lower immunity levels. Kids are more prone to getting infections, particularly eye infections as they unconsciously touch a host of surfaces and then touch their faces. Hence, taking care of your kid’s eye health is important. Parents first need to educate their children on washing their hands frequently, especially whenever they come from outside. You must also schedule regular eye examinations with your local eye doctor.
10 Do Not Self Medicate
We often think that eye problems and allergies will pass in a couple of days and try to self medicate with over-the-counter eye drops or medicines. This is not correct practice and you should stop immediately. If you experience even the slightest symptoms of eye infections during this season, you must visit an ophthalmologist.
Ensure you stay protected this monsoon season and opt for Home Try-On for all your eyewear and eyecare needs and make the most of this beautiful rainy season at home!