After the heat of the summer, the monsoon is a welcome relief. Yet, the rains bring with them a host of bacteria, viruses and allergens, many of which disturb our delicate eye equilibrium. Let us identify the main eye-related complaints and then establish some easy tips to maintain your eye health this monsoon.

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is the inflammation of the outermost layer of the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelid. This can be caused by irritants like dirt, bacterial or viral infections or may be allergic.

Eye Allergies are also known as allergic conjunctivitis.  These are non-infectious and may be seasonal. It leads to red, watery or itchy eyes.

Stye (Sty) is usually recognized as a “pimple” on the eyelid. Its an inflamed swelling on the edge of the eyelid and is usually due to bacterial infection.

Personal hygiene is important. Prevention is better than cure!

Some Eye Care Tips

- Keep your eyes clean. Do not rub your eyes with dirty hands, or rather, do not rub your eyes at all.

- Maintain hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Wash your eyes with cold water 2-3 times a day.

- Do not share personal items like towels with anyone.

- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, especially while traveling.

- Avoid getting wet in the rain or swimming in the monsoon. This can aggravate existing eye inflammation.

- Eat healthy foods. This should include fresh fruits and vegetables. Anti-oxidants will boost your immune system.

- Do not self-medicate or use medications given by pharmacists.Go for an eye check-up to an eye specialist if you have symptoms.

Healthy diet, healthy body