Monsoon Eye Care: Tips to Avoid Infections and Irritation This Season | Health

ByMartha R. Camara

Jul 8, 2022

The monsoon is the perfect time to splash around in the rain, but it’s also the time when eye problems plague most people. No matter how aware you are, someone or the other around you will go, pick up an eye infection and pass it on to you and children especially, must learn good hygiene or they will spread the disease.

If you wake up with puffy, red, or itchy eyes, chances are you are infected with vision problems. As it is called, prevention is better than cure. Therefore, a little eye care can go a long way in preventing infections and keeping your eyes healthy so you can enjoy the monsoon season.

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Julie, Consultant – Anterior Segment and Glaucoma at Dr Shroff Charity Eye Hospital, said: “The monsoon brings with it high humidity, which is the main cause of many infections. eye diseases such as allergies, conjunctivitis (eye flu). , stye and corneal ulcers. Thus, proper eye care precautions should be a priority during monsoons, which are usually based on hygiene.

She advised: “Children and adults should avoid touching their eyes without washing their hands. Caution should be exercised in public places like swimming pools/water parks as these are known to be breeding grounds for many infections. People who have red eyes should avoid going to these areas to prevent the spread of infection. Also avoid sharing personal hygiene items like handkerchiefs, towels, and napkins to prevent transmission of infection. Safety glasses and sunglasses are recommended.

Dr Julie warned: ‘Children should avoid jumping in puddles and waterlogged areas as they could accidentally splash water in their eyes which can contain many bacteria. viruses and fungi. In case of redness, irritation, itching, painful bump on the eyelid (stye), it is advisable to consult an ophthalmologist and avoid self-medication with over-the-counter medications as they may contain steroids which can be harmful.

She recommended: “Due to soggy and humid conditions, store your eye makeup in dry, cool places and remember to wash your applicator brushes after each use as they can transfer microorganisms into a product for a while. the rainy season. If using contact lenses, it is advisable to keep your contact lenses clean and change contact lens solution frequently. We must avoid spending too much time in front of a screen, as they cause problems related to dry eyes. It is important to make a visit to the park, outdoors in crowded places and to enjoy the rains.”

Adding to the list of monsoon eye care tips to avoid infections and irritation or keep eye infections at bay this rainy season, Dr. Kamal B Kapur, Medical Director and Co-Founder of Sharp Sight Eye Hospitals, suggested:

1. Do not touch/rub your eyes with dirty hands. Wash your hands frequently.

2. Keep children away from puddles and waterlogged areas. Children often like to play in or around these places, but they are very prone to bacteria and can infect our eyes.

3. If you get soaked in the rain, remember to wash your eyes with clean water and dry the sides of your eyes as soon as possible.

4. High humidity during the monsoon causes a lot of sweating. Never make the mistake of wiping your face, especially the area around your eyes with a tissue, as it’s usually not very clean. Use a tissue instead.

5. Do not share eye care items such as contact lens solutions/containers, pads and tissues with others.

6. If you wear contact lenses, clean them thoroughly and try not to use them when you have an eye infection.

7. Avoid eye makeup when you have an eye infection.

8. Wear sunglasses or caps when you go out.

9. When you go swimming, make sure that the pool and the area around it are absolutely clean, as bacterial infections lurk around unsanitary pools and multiply during the monsoon.

In the meantime, despite all possible measures, if you still notice symptoms of eye infection, please do not self-medicate by going to the pharmacy and asking for eye drops. Go see an ophthalmologist.