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The rainy season is a time of the year expected by people living in parts of the world where the weather is hot. This is because the season gives relief from the heat of the scorching sun. However, the rains come with different bacterial and viral infections that affect the eyes, such as conjunctivitis, fungal eye infection, styes, and so on. There is, therefore, the need to be extra careful with our eyes. Personal hygiene should be always a priority. This is because the rainy season is the most favourable time for bacteria to breed where they find themselves.

We can take care of our eyes and keep eye infections at bay if we keep to these healthy eye care tips daily.

  • Whenever you get drenched in the rains, always wash your face and eyes with clean water. Clean your face with a dry towel. This will help to remove rainwater from your face and prevent eye infections.
  • Keep your children away from stagnant water and rainwater in buckets. Teach them to wash their hands if they touch rainwater when playing and to avoid putting dirty hands in their eyes or on their faces. Our hands are the fastest means to transfer germs into other parts of the body, including the eyes.
  • Because of the high humidity that occurs during the rainy season, people wipe their faces with one handkerchief all day, which is not hygienic. We recommend taking multiple clean handkerchiefs as you go out so that you can have enough clean handkerchiefs to use on your face. Keep dirty handkerchiefs separate from the clean ones as you use them.
  • For those who wear contact lenses, clean them thoroughly and regularly, especially if you return from an outing drenched in the rain. This is because bacteria from rainwater would have settled on them, and this puts you at risk of developing eye infections. Also, if you are undergoing any eye treatment, do not use your contact lenses until your eyes have fully recovered from the ailment.
  • If you wish to go swimming, ensure that the pool and its surrounding areas are spotless. This is because bacterial infections are always around dirty, unhygienic pools.
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as towels and handkerchiefs with people, especially those who have any eye infections.
  • To build your external immunity, eat home-cooked meals and lots of fresh vegetables and fruits in season.

If you experience prolonged itchy eyes or other symptoms of eye infections that do not stop in a short while, see your eye doctor immediately and take only the medications prescribed by him/her. Avoid self-medication. Stay healthy and safe this season and contact us for all your eye care issues.