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Monsoon is the season when water-borne diseases like typhoid, gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, jaundice and hepatitis are on the rise. This weather also leads to air-borne diseases such as common cold, influenza, viral infections, and pneumonia. The bacteria and virus infections can affect your eyes and that's why protecting your eyes is important.
Your eyes require extra care during the monsoon season as the moist and humid condition makes it easier for the bacteria and virus to breed. Viral infections spread and thrive the most during the monsoon which may lead to itchiness of the eyes, dry eyes, conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers.
Read on to know the eye care tips to follow during the monsoon.
1. Do Not Touch Your Eyes
Never touch your eyes when your hands are dirty because the eyes are more susceptible to infections during the rainy season. So, personal hygiene is necessary to avoid any kind of infection during the monsoon season. If at all needed, use a handkerchief to wipe your eye.
2. Use Eye Drops
If you experience redness, swelling or burning sensation in the eyes, using an eye drop will save your eyes from contracting an eye infection.
3. Use Clean Eyeglasses
During the monsoon, it's important to keep your eyes clean and dry. Use a protective eyeglass while travelling to prevent the wind or the rainwater from hitting the eyes. Also clean your eyeglasses frequently with a clean cloth to avoid fungal growth.
4. Wash Eyes With Cold Water
Every time you come in from the rain, it's essential to wash your eyes with cold and clean water. Cold water will help eliminate all the dust particles from within and around the eyes.
5. Avoid Contact Lenses
Wearing contact lenses in heavy rain and winds will cause eye redness and itching in the eyes. So, avoid wearing them during the monsoon.
6. Avoid Sharing Towels
Another tip for eye care during monsoon is to avoid sharing towels and napkins as eye infections may spread easily. Towels, napkins and handkerchiefs can cause the bacteria and virus to spread from one person to another.
7. Avoid Swimming
During the rainy season, avoid diving into the swimming pool as much as possible because the water in the pool could be contaminated. If you like swimming and can't resist it check the pool premises to see whether it's clean.