AQI in dwindling between ‘poor’ to ‘worse’ causing physical and medical problems. Air pollution is among the top causes of various ailments seen in all age groups. Our eyes are sensitive to air quality with maximum exposure to the air, hence are prone to allergies and irritation caused by air pollutants.
The following are common eye-related problems faced by people:
- Feeling of dryness/ Dry Eyes
- Stinging or burning sensation in the eye
- Eye soreness/ Itching
- Intense sensitivity to wind or smoke/ Watery eyes
- Blurred vision
How to Save your Eyes from Air Pollution:
- Stay indoors whenever possible, especially in the early hours of mornings and on the days when air pollution levels are alarming.
- High concentrations of CO and NO2 cause irritation and burning. Wash your eyes frequently with cold water to avoid infection or put prescribed eye drops only. Avoid using any other liquid in your eye pockets.
- Shield your eyes with glasses whenever you step out of the house. Glasses act as a shield and block smoke, dirt, and debris from going into the eyes.
- Switch to spectacles, avoid using contact lenses. If you wish to use contacts, make sure the lenses are clean and scratch-free.
- Consume foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants such as fish, green leafy vegetables, carrots, nuts, and berries which are extremely good for the eyes.
- Avoid long screen hours which can lead to computer vision syndrome and cause dry eyes. Ensure frequent breaks and blinking for lubrication.
Above are the few ways in which you can prevent your eyes from pollution. However if you get any symptoms stated above, the best way to deal with them is to contact eye care professionals where Eye-Q come in handy. If you are worried about getting appointments, we got you covered. To get teleconsultation please contact 07824819600.