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Crucial to be extra vigilant about eyes during summers to maintain healthy vision, say ophthalmologists

 Bengaluru : With temperatures soaring as the peak summer season arrives, the risk to our eyes from the sun, dust, and pollution escalates. Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital’s

Regional Head – Clinical Services Dr. Sreepathi D K, is highlighting the urgent need for increased eye care during these hotter months. Rising cases of dry eyes, conjunctivitis, and damage from UV radiation are prompting a call to action to safeguard our vision against the season’s challenges.

Dr. Sreepathi D K notes a significant uptick in eye conditions such as dry eyes – where insufficient tear production leads to discomfort, and conjunctivitis, marked by the inflammation of the eye’s clear lining, commonly due to viral or bacterial infections.

“Our eyes are particularly vulnerable during the summer, not just to infections but also to the harmful effects of UV radiation which can lead to serious issues like cataracts and macular degeneration. As a medical professional dedicated to promoting optimal eye health, I strongly suggest for a comprehensive approach to eye care. This includes various essential strategies aimed at preserving vision and preventing common eye ailments. Lubrication plays a vital role in preventing dryness and discomfort, and I highly recommend the use of doctor-recommended lubricating eye drops to address this issue effectively. Also, maintaining good hygiene practices, including regular hand washing and avoiding unnecessary eye contact, is exteremly important in reducing the risk of infections. For individuals who wear contact lenses, strict adherence to hygiene protocols is crucial to minimize the risk of complications and maintain good eye health. It is safe to say that by incorporating these fundamental practices into our daily routines, we can proactively safeguard our vision and promote long-term eye wellness.” added Dr. Sreepathi

Furthermore, the team highlights the necessity of wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection to shield the eyes from harmful radiation. They also stressed on the importance of staying hydrated, as adequate fluid intake helps maintain eye health and prevents dehydration-related issues. To safeguard against chemical exposure, they recommend using swimming goggles when in chlorinated water and wearing protective eyewear when handling hazardous materials. Additionally, managing allergies with antihistamines and refraining from rubbing the eyes are emphasized to prevent aggravation.

Moreover, individuals are urged to remain vigilant and recognize early signs of eye diseases for timely intervention. Regular eye check-ups are deemed crucial for maintaining optimal eye health. Lastly, the team advises limiting screen time and adhering to the 20-20-20 rule—every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away. These measures collectively contribute to safeguarding vision, especially during the summer months when eye health risks are heightened.

“Preventive care is paramount,” Dr. Sreepathi stresses, emphasizing the importance of avoiding smoking, which can exacerbate eye health issues. Regular eye examinations are pivotal in early detection and management of potential eye diseases, ensuring a healthier vision for longer.

By adhering to these protective measures, individuals can enjoy the summer without compromising their eye health. Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital remains committed to raising awareness and providing top-tier eye care to combat the seasonal increase in eye-related ailments.

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