Excessive heat during summers can damage your eyes, say experts | Latest India News

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Eye conditions like allergies and infections are quite prevalent in the summer due to the scorching heat and industry experts believe that this time of year is crucial for taking care of eye health.

“Allergies, infections such as conjunctivitis and dry eyes are some of the conditions. We need to be extra careful as these conditions can worsen if timely medical advice is not followed,” says Dr Tushar Grover, Medical Director, Vision Eye Centre, New Delhi.

High levels of pollutants and irritants in the air pose another challenge. Symptoms may include itching, red eyes, or a burning sensation.

“Our eyes become sensitive during the summer, so protecting them is essential. Even if you wear contact lenses, wearing glasses can protect your eyes,” says Dr. Chikirsha Jain, Senior Consultant, Retina and Ophthalmology, Ujala Cygnus Rainbow Hospital, Agra.

If a person does not use proper eye protection, they can also develop dry eyes because the tear film in the eye can evaporate more quickly. If left untreated, the disease can lead to eye inflammation.

“Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays during the summer months can increase the risk of various eye conditions, reiterating the imperative for regular eye exams. As schools have now reopened, eye screening should be considered as a mandate in school readiness.

“Studies show that the pandemic has increased the number of children who can be identified as myopic and those with refractive error may require further correction,” says Dr. Rishi Raj Borah, Country Director of Orbis India.

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