Indore: With the weather swinging from unleashing screeching sunlight to cold winds every alternative day, cropping up health issues is quite common. While we need no help to determine when to put on a sweater or when to remove it, it is often difficult to figure out what our eyes need.
Some of the common problems that people face with their eyes are dryness due to suddenly increased sunlight exposure during day time and activation of allergies due to dust and other allergens. “With sunlight increased suddenly in last four days, soil, pollens and moulds are losing moisture and freely flying in air. These dust particles causes allergies to eyes,” ophthalmologist Dr Amit Solanki said.
He explained that winters are considered the best season for eyes because during this period they normally remain moist. “For people living close to nature, vision becomes best in winters. However, most people use heaters and that causes dryness to eyes,” Solanki said.
While winter is otherwise comfortable for people suffering from dry eyes, people with watery eyes are tired of answering the question ‘Why are you crying?’
“Tears lubricate eyes. Fighting cold breezes and blustery day makes eyes water. There are some who suffer from redness, but that needs medical attention,” Solanki said.
– Never force your eyes open in strong wind or severe cold. Your cornea, the clear tissue covering the front of your eye, can freeze
– Avoid make-ups and keep your eyes clean to avoid allergies
– Wear goggles or sunglasses to avoid cold winds and sudden sun exposure to eyes
– Considering winters, it is the best time to have carrots in raw or juice form to boost immunity and avoid infections in eye
– To prevent eye diseases such as macular degeneration– a condition which causes progressive damage to the retina resulting in a gradual loss of vision— take dark green vegetables, such as kale, spinach and collard greens as much as possible
– Wheat germ is great source of vitamin E, an important antioxidant that keeps eyes healthy
GET RID OF DRYNESS
– Many people do not realise that even mild dehydration can negatively affect the watery component of the eye. So, try staying away from heat sources (sun and artificial) and use artificial tears or a humidifier to alleviate dryness.