Eye is one of the most sensitive parts of our body. Eyes are the window to the soul, so it must remain healthy and it needs lots of attention and care for this precious sense organ. Unfortunately, due to pollution and other environmental disturbances, poor vision, irritation in eyes and other eye related problems have become common. Some eye infections such as redness of eyes, watering eyes, cataract, occur due to lack of rest, old age, sitting on computer for long hours etc. Bacterial and Viral infections include stye and conjunctivitis.
To take care of one’s eyes one should overall follow a healthy lifestyle and one must eat healthy stuff. Foods such as green leafy vegetables, fruits, carrots, liver, cod liver, nuts are very beneficial for healthy eyes.
Simple eye exercises recommended by eye specialists 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. A slice of cucumber if kept on the eyes for some time freshens up one’s eyes and relieves tiredness. A good comfortable sleep and rest is very important for healthy eyes. Healthy foods like green vegetables and fruits should be included in daily diet for healthy eyes.
Important Factors for Eye Care in Summers
Summer is the hottest season with high temperatures, scorching heat and sunlight which is unbearable for everyone. One must protect one’s eyes during summer from direct sunrays as the constituent UV rays can harm them. One must guard against heat, UV rays and dust in summer. Dust along with pollen and heat can cause eye allergies such as conjunctivitis which is a very common during summers. It makes the eyes red, causes itching and watering of eyes. In some cases stickiness in eyes occurs during morning time or after a long sleep which is known as vernal conjunctivitis. Heat and dust also causes dryness and burning of eyes.
One must take precautions to overcome these eye problems during summer season.
Use of Sunglasses
During summer one must not go out without sunglasses as they protect one’s eyes from UV rays, heat and dust. Good quality sunglasses with UV protection are advisable to use during summers. If eyes are exposed to UV rays it can lead to cataract, damage of retina and other eye problems. Frame which is wrapped around the eye is very beneficial as it protects eyes from sun and heat and keeps eyes cool and relaxed. Larger style sunglasses are the preference of almost all holly wood actresses which not only provide requisite protection but also make them look beautiful. They have also become a trend in the new era. They also prefer wearing glasses during cloudy weather which is also very good for eyes. Sunglasses are important while driving also since sun rays can also enter through car windows and can cause damage to one’s eyes.
Drink Plenty of Water
One must drink lots of water to avoid dehydration of eyes. Water is also very important for every part of our body including eyes. One must drink at least 2 liters of water in a day to avoid tiredness of eyes. Drinking water is also the most important tip for eye care in summers.
Avoid Stepping out in Open during Midday
During midday sun is very scorching with too much of heat and UV content. Damage which can be caused is maximum; hence going out of the house during those hours should be avoided.
Use Lubricating Eye Drops
Avoid loaded or too dry environments and uses eye drops or artificial tears to prevent dry eyes. Dryness in many cases is caused by the air conditioning. Eye drops which are lubricated can be used to avoid dryness of eyes during summer. One must use eye drops which are free from preservatives and are easy and comfortable to use and give comfort to the eyes.
Eye care while swimming
Swimming is fun during summers, but swimming without glasses can harm eyes badly as the pool water contains various chemicals and chlorine which can irritate your eyes. After swimming, you must wash eyes with fresh water.
Avoid swimming with contact lenses and, otherwise, use disposable lenses to prevent keratitis or corneal inflammation. To avoid chlorine, you should use goggles.
If you have gone through some surgery on the eyes, no head dive into the water.
In the case of children, we must pay special attention to stop them putting their hands to eyes, as it can cause infections.
Other tips for healthy eyes include, early sleep, quitting smoking, reading or writing in good light, avoiding dim light, frequently washing one’s eyes, avoiding reading in moving vehicles etc.