Sharing her views on the effect
Sharing her views on the effect of the heat wave on our eyes, Dr. Vandana Khullar, Senior Ophthalmologist says “Dry eyes, allergies, and infections such as conjunctivitis are some of the conditions that can worsen in absence of timely medical care. Some common conditions caused by extreme temperatures include:
Dry eyes is a condition in which high temperatures may cause tear film to evaporate too soon resulting in redness and irritation of the eyes. Also, high temperatures can cause serious harm to the eyes.
A stye is a tiny swelling caused by a bacterial infection on one or both eyelids. It results in pain and redness and is commonly seen in children. Accumulated heat exposure can also produce adaptation, pupillary reflex, and shading of the eyes."
Conjunctivitis or pink eye is also more common in dry summer months. Common symptoms include pink or red eyes, itchiness, an abnormal amount of tears, and a thick discharge that builds up in your eyes at night. Keeping your eyes hydrated and maintaining eye hygiene are important for preventing these infections.
Photophobia, glare, and headache are some of the other symptoms of intense heat. The condition can be more difficult for patients with migraine as excessive heat and sunlight may act as triggering factors for this type of headache.
“General well-being is a must in summer such as maintaining proper facial and hand hygiene, having an adequate amount of water, wearing sunglasses when outdoors, staying away from sharing towels and cosmetics, and lastly avoid rubbing or touching your eyes, etc.,” says Dr. Archana Dhawan Bajaj. She further emphasizes the importance of being careful with your glasses and making sure you wear them even if you use contact lenses. A report states that gray-colored lenses provide the most natural vision by reducing light intensity without altering the colour of objects.” Experts stress the need to seek professional help if you experience any of the symptoms or conditions listed above to protect your eyes from any serious complications.