Effects of the Rainy Season on Eyes

The monsoons have arrived! All of us love to feel the first showers of the monsoons that give respite from the scorching summer heat. Kids love playing in the rain and the puddles created by them. There is so much good to say about the monsoons, but there is one part that needs attention. Eye infections in rainy season are more common than it seems.

We take care of the other parts of the body but often neglect to take care of the eyes. The eye is the most delicate organ in the human body. Eye infections like conjunctivitis, styes, i.e. lesions around the eyes and corneal ulcers are common in this season.

Hence, good care is essential to prevent them. The monsoon rain carries dust and pollutants from the atmosphere, which we come in touch with. Too much contact is an invitation for eye infections.  

Eye infections during the rainy season
  1. Conjunctivitis: This infection affects the conjunctiva, which lines the outer side of the eyes along with the inside of your eyelids. Here, the conjunctiva has inflammation. You can call it Pink Eye too. It is an infectious disease spread by bacteria or viruses and spreads from person to person due to the moisture in the rainy season. 

The infected person has symptoms of eye redness, swelling, yellow discharge, etc., associated with pain. The ideal way to handle conjunctivitis is to consult with your eye doctor. 

  1. Corneal Ulcers: The cause of this eye infection is bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc., that spread in the moisture-laden atmosphere of the monsoons. They create wounds that cause redness, discharges from the eyes and other symptoms. Corneal Ulcers are treated as per the extent of the infection. It may include administering medicines, eye drops or even an eye operation.
  2. Styes: This eye infection occurs in the small glands near the base of the eyelashes. Bacteria breed in these small glands easily and become lumps when pollutants and dust get in these glands during the monsoons. They are accompanied by eye redness, discharge of pus, and strong pain. Make sure that you consult an eye doctor before it worsens.
  3. Dry Eyes: This is a condition where the tear glands in the human eye don’t produce sufficient tears to lubricate the eye. Though not an infection directly, exposing your eyes to dust and pollutants during the rainy season is an invitation to dry eyes. Dry Eyes are usually treated with lubricating eye drops. New technologies such as Rexon Eye have brought about a revolution in treating this issue.
Awareness is the key.

These infections form the crux during the monsoon season. Hence, awareness is key to ensuring proper eye hygiene. When you have good eye hygiene, it affects people close to you. In rare cases, infections may happen even after maintaining good eye hygiene. But it doesn’t negate the importance of eye hygiene.

So, you can share this knowledge with others to have healthy eyes. 

We, at Maxivision, provide world-class eye care services in Hyderabad and other centres. If you’re having eye infections or other issues, please book online or walk in for a consultation. You will be guaranteed the finest eyecare.