What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘Summer’? Vacations, beaches, ice-creams, and sunbathing right! But along with all the fun comes the heat, sweat, sunburns and rashes. Not only the skin but our eyes also bear the brunt of the summer heat. Eyes are very sensitive to summer heat and hence summer eye care is of utmost importance.
Eyes are one of the entry points to the novel coronavirus. Hence, it is very important that you follow a daily eye care routine for healthy eyes - keeping eye infections, dust, sweat, and other problems at bay.
You can give shape to your eye care regime by following the summer eye care tips mentioned in this blog.
Eye Care Tips For Summers
Here are the top picks of summer eye care tips that will keep your eyes protected from the heat-laden summers:
Wear Protective Eyewear
UV Light can be severely damaging to the eyes, which is why it is important to protect the eyes from those harmful rays. In summers, it is recommended to wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays.
These eyeglasses also prevent the formation of cataracts and keep you away from retina-aging diseases. Not only this, it does not let dust particles enter your eyes.
Maintain Eye Hygiene
This is one of the most important tips that not only protects your eyes from the sweaty summer but also protects them from any infection. Never touch your eyes with dirty hands. If unavoidable, wash or sanitize your hands before touching your eyes.
It is advisable to wash your eyes with clean water at least twice a day and give them rest.
Lubricate your eyes
Dry eyes and irritation in the eyes are a common sight in hot summers. The irritation is more prominent if you spend a lot of time outdoors and can lead to headaches and momentarily cause blurred vision.
Hence, it is important to keep the eyes lubricated all the time. Eye drops can help you achieve the same. Always consult an
eye doctor in case you have recovered from any major eye ailment (e.g. cataract, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, etc.) before using any eye drop. Eye drops, when used in prescribed proportions, lubricate the eyes, making it easier to work.
Do not rub your eyes
Rubbing the eyes is one of the natural tendencies that is difficult to give up. Even if you feel itchiness in the eyes, you should never rub your eyes. The blood vessels around our eyes are very delicate and rubbing them may cause them to break and bleed.
Avoid rubbing your eyes and use a wet cloth to remove any foreign particles from the eyes.
Eyes get affected by the heat and radiations from the sun. Sunglasses prevent our eyes from squinting and avoid damage to the eyes caused by harmful UV rays. If you are someone who wears spectacles then you can try the clip on sunglasses.
Stay hydrated all the time
Do you know that the lack of water content in your body not only leads to dehydration but also causes dryness in the eyes? Yes, there is a direct correlation between the state of your eyes and the water content in your body. Since you sweat a lot during summers, your body gets dehydrated. Due to lesser amounts of fluids in your body, the tear glands fail to produce tears.
Hence you should consume water at timely intervals to keep your body hydrated and eyes moist during the hot Indian summers.
[Read - Why tears are healthy for you]
Lastly, follow a good sleeping regime else it is likely that you might wake up with strained eyes and a heavy head.
If too much sun exposure is leading to symptoms such as dry eyes, blurry vision, and more, you can consult our experienced team of doctors at
Center for Sight (CFS). Our doctors have expertise in handling serious eye-ailments. They can suggest a tailor-made summer eye care regime that will help you beat the deadly summer heat like a boss…
Article: Tips To Keep Your Eyes Safe From Sweaty Summers
Author: CFS Editorial Team | Mar 12 2020 | UPDATED 02:00 IST
*The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Centre for Sight.