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Six Eye Care Tips for Summer

Dr.Alpaatul Poorabia profile Authored by Dr.Alpaatul Poorabia on 19 Mar 2015 - 10:50.


Summer brings with it outing, travelling and family fun but alongside It also brings some hazards which one must be wary and follow some precautionary measures especially for the eyes.

Here are some tips for all, young and the old:

  • Protection from UV radiation:  UV radiation is part of the electromagnetic (light) spectrum that reaches the earth from the sun. Both UVA and UVB rays penetrate the atmosphere and lead to conditions such as premature skin aging, eye damage (including cataracts) and skin cancers. They also suppress the immune system, making you vulnerable to health disorders.

    To prevent from such radiation, it is advised to wear UVA and UVB protective glasses (shades) along with a head cap. The shades should be wide, broad and touching your face, leaving almost not gap between the skin and your glasses. Polarized glasses are also preferred, as they reduce the glare of the sun, making it comfortable for the eye. 

    When eyes are exposed to the bright sunlight, they can cause early cataract, pingacula or pterygium (conjunctival extra growth). However, our eyes also need minimal exposure to natural light every day to help maintain normal sleep-wake cycles.

  • Protection from dust particles:  Wearing protective glasses help protect from the dust which may cause air-borne diseases like conjunctivitis (bacterial and viral infections), very common in the hot and humid weather. Summers are common for eruption of allergic conjunctivitis, so making sure you wash your eyes frequently and drink plenty of water to keep yourself from dry eyes or dehydration.
  • Protection from chemicals:  Swimming is a favourite activity of many, during the summer. Swimming pools are treated with chlorine to prevent water borne infections. Chlorine is however not safe for the eyes. It is therefore important to wear swimming glasses which protect your eyes from exposure to this chemical.
  • Protection from contamination through contact lens: Those using contact lens must wash their hands thoroughly before wearing contact lens. It is important to make sure your sweat does not get into the contact lens. All the dos and don’ts of contact lens must be strictly followed during summer.
  • Protection from outdoor activity injuries: During outdoor activities such as riding a bicycle, hiking, running, make sure you protect your eyes as necessary, to avoid eye injuries. Games that use soft balls or shuttle cock can injure eyes. Make sure you wear protective glasses.
  • Kids and older family members: Everyone is at risk, including children and senior citizens. Summer hats and sunglasses give good protection.

So wearing activity-appropriate eye-wear is a must to protect the eyes from any kind of injuries always.


*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.