Doctors Warn of Rising Eye Irritation and Allergies In Summer

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Ophthalmologists (Eye doctors) are seeing a rise in patients suffering from eye irritation, inflammation, and allergies during the summer months.

This increase is attributed to a combination of factors, including:

  • Increased exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation: Strong summer sun can damage the eyes if not properly protected.
  • Dry eyes: Hot, dry weather can lead to tear evaporation, causing discomfort and irritation.
  • Allergies: Higher pollen counts and dust levels can trigger allergic reactions in the eyes.

These factors can all contribute to a condition called conjunctivitis, also known as "pink eye," which causes redness, watering, and a gritty feeling in the eyes. Doctors are also seeing more cases of juvenile red eye disease, especially in children who may not practice good hand hygiene.

Protecting Your Eyes This Summer:

Wear sunglasses: Look for sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays.

Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep your eyes naturally lubricated.

Avoid touching your eyes: Wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs.

Take breaks from screens: Follow the 20-20-20 rule to reduce eye strain from digital devices.

Maintain good hygiene: It is especially important for children, washing hands regularly helps prevent the spread of eye infections.

Limit sugary drinks: While not directly linked to eye health, sugary drinks can contribute to overall health problems.

By following these tips, you can help keep your eyes healthy and enjoy the summer sunshine safely. If you experience any concerning eye problems,  consult with an ophthalmologist for proper diagnosis and treatment.