Watch your eye- The New Indian Express

Express News Service

HYDERABAD: The recent rain shower has brought some calm after months of scorching heat. But these rains raise humidity levels, which means there’s a higher chance of eye infections. Our eyes are one of the most sensitive yet neglected parts of our body. And unfortunately, the rainy season can make us prone to eye infections. dr. Deepthi, consultant ophthalmologist and retinal specialist at Care Hospitals, HITEC City, explains why: “The moisture content in the air creates a favorable condition for bacteria, viruses and other germs to grow and multiply, especially in your eyes.”

The doctor lists conjunctivitis as one of the most common eye infections during monsoons. “Some of the most common symptoms of conjunctivitis are eye redness, swelling, yellow sticky discharge from the eyes, and itching, associated with pain. Fortunately, it is an easily treatable eye problem. Good eye care should become a priority during the monsoon period to help protect against infections such as conjunctivitis, dry eyes and corneal ulcers that can lead to blindness.The infection, commonly known as pink eye, can be easily spread from one person to another by touch,” she explains.

Other common eye infections during monsoons include keratitis and trachoma. “This infection of the cornea is caused by eye injuries, as a result of the routine of contact lenses. If left unattended, the infection can even lead to blindness,” warns Dr Deepthi.

Trachoma is a bacterial infection responsible for blindness in nearly 1.9 million people worldwide! “This irreversible blindness can be caused by direct contact or by towels and flies coming into contact with the eyes or nose of an infected person. So it requires more care than you might think,” says the doctor.

dr. Aparna Saripalli, General Practitioner, Ankura Hospital, Boduppal, says: “Children should avoid touching or rubbing the eyes. Infections are more likely to spread through much-touched objects.”

Keep infections at bay:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
  • Separate your towels, bedding, clothes and bedding
  • Do not wear contact lenses while swimming
  • Maintain good contact lens hygiene. Wash your hands thoroughly before wearing and taking them off
  • When walking or cycling through the forest, wear eye protection
  • Bathe in warm water if you get soaked from the rain
  • Don’t let the flies hover near your eyes
  • Eye discomfort, seek medical help, do not self-medicate
  • In case of contamination, wear glasses or a face shield. Use boiled/filtered water to wash your eyes
  • Use lubricating eye drops as recommended by your doctors
  • Do not rub your eyes if there is irritation

— Dr. Swapna, ophthalmologist, care hospitals, Nampally

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