Smog is becoming a real concern these days because it is gradually building up. As Delhi succumbs to perilous smog, the city once again is the talk-of-the-town as being the most polluted city in the world due to its rampant rise in air pollutio
Smog is becoming a real concern these days because it is gradually building up. As Delhi succumbs to perilous smog, the city once again is the talk-of-the-town as being the most polluted city in the world due to its rampant rise in air pollution.
Some of the particulate matters are reported to increased beyond 10 fold which is far hazardous than our thoughts, not to forget the scary videos we are seeing now days on social media platforms showing the lack of oxygen and people using oxygen mask to keep themselves alive.
While most of us are battling a war to keep ourselves fit and healthy, we tend to forget one of our most vital body parts - our eyes. The increasing level of pollutants as an effect of the smog, can cause various eye conditions like eye irritation, blurred vision, conjunctivitis and severe allergies. Redness, itching, burning sensation and unclear vision are some of the common symptoms which we have to struggle with.
The patients with diabetes neuropathy and children are experiencing more problems related to vision. But fret not, as we bring to you some simple and easy eye-care tips, which one can follow at home or during work and make sure one has healthy and sparkling eyes.
Mr. Sujay Suresh Dangi, Chief Optometrist & Head Technical Services, Titan Eyewear Division talks about the preventive measures we must follow to protect our eyes from hazardous smog
- Wash your eyes with cold water, when you are back from outdoors
- Blink often to refresh your eyes, especially during computer work
- Wear large size sunglasses when outdoors, for better protection from pollution
- Use wrap-around eyewear while outdoors
- If you don’t have power, you could use wrap-around zero powered eyewear for protection from smog
- Avoid rubbing your eyes, if tiny pollutants enter
- Place cucumbers/cold compressions on your eyes and rest, to help reduce inflammation
- Use lubricating eye drops recommended by specialists as a daily eye-care regime
- Self medication is a strict no
- Maintain good air quality inside your home by keeping plants like Areca Palm, Zade and Spider plant
- Air Purifiers with HEPA filters and humidifiers can also be used by sensitive eye people
- Most important of all, eat a healthy diet rich in omega-3 fatty acid including lots of carrots, green leafy vegetables, almonds, walnuts, papaya, berries, fish etc. which are extremely good for the eyes
Lastly, for our overall well-being, optimal vision care, and as precautionary measures to be taken in smoggy weather, it would be ideal to avoid exposure to pollution. Areas which are heavily industrialized should be avoided. One can choose to close the windows of their car during peak traffic hour commute to prevent further damage. In case of prolonged eye infections/allergies, visit a specialist and undergo a thorough eye check-up.
Let’s work together to free the city from the menace of pollution and uncloud our vision from the darkness of the descending smog.
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