The Nation / Eye Health Program mentions that in the summer you should take care of your eyes as well as your skin

The Nation / Eye Health Program mentions that in the summer you should take care of your eyes as well as your skin

The Eye Health Program of the Ministry of Public Health reminds the population of the importance of eye care during the summer, taking into account the high temperatures that already characterize our country. Excessive exposure to the sun and ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause severe and even irreversible damage to the eyes.

Ultraviolet rays can be of type A, B and C. The most harmful are those of type C, which are happily absorbed in the atmosphere and have no contact with them. However, UVA and UVB rays can cause eye redness, conjunctivitis, keratitis, or corneal damage as well as cataracts, which are retinal lesions and even tumors.

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The use of sunglasses is essential according to the eye health program, especially those that block 100% of UV rays as much as possible and cover the eyes completely, and the use of hats can also be added for better care.

It is important to note that the UV protection of contact lenses is not enough, so it is also recommended to wear sunglasses, even all year round, taking into account the climatic features of our country. Likewise, it is necessary to maintain the same care in children and the elderly.

At this time, dry eyes are also evident due to the constant use of air conditioners and fans. Dry eyes can manifest with eye redness and a gritty sensation that is improved by using artificial tears, which ideally should not contain preservatives because with chronic use they can irritate the eyes.

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Constant use of computers and mobile phones can cause the so-called “computer syndrome”, which is mainly manifested in fatigue, dry eyes due to lack of blinking, redness of the eyes and the sensation of a foreign body.

In these cases, it is always necessary to make up for any problem with glasses first, which is indicated by consulting an ophthalmologist, using artificial tears and following the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at 20 feet or 6 meters for 20 seconds, as recommended American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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Similarly, considering the ongoing epidemic, you should not forget about hand hygiene before touching your eyes, as they can be a gateway to the virus and appear as red eyes, so you do not have to self-medicate.

In addition, poor mask placement causes exhaled air to be directed towards the eyes, causing the eyes to dry out and appear more predisposed to infections such as infectious conjunctivitis and frequently seen camels. It is recommended to fit the mask well so that this does not happen. It is important to take into account all these recommendations, in order to avoid discomfort and damage to this essential part of the human body.

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