Durga Puja is knocking at the doors. The times for endless pandal hopping, long fun hours, unlimited food and adda following all covid protocols are here. We all have made a few changes in our daily routine to be presentable during the festival days. The checklist is almost ready. But most of the people neglect their health that has assumed special importance during these covid times. Eyes are one of the most important body part that need extra care during festivals. But the majority of the people turn a blind eye towards it. Allergies, conjunctivitis, redness, puffiness are the common problems. Protection and proper eye hygiene can help one keep away from eye problems. Specially, if one is out in the heat and pollution for long hours, a few precautions for the eye are a must.
Thus, it is important to follow these simple steps to safeguard your eye’s health during this season.
· Be careful while choosing your sunglasses since you may out in the sun for long hours standing in queue to catch a glimpse of your favourite idol. Use ultraviolet protective sunglasses only. This will prevent eye allergies and long term eye diseases.
· Do not rub your eyes with unclean hands, especially if you are outdoors and in public places and shaking hands with others, or if you are sweaty. You could introduce infections or allergens to your eyes.
· Do not splash water inside your eyes. This washes away the tear film, which is a protective layer. Wash your eyes only if foreign particles like dust entered in your eyes.
· Always wash your hands and face once you reach home to prevent dust and grime from entering your eyes and causing eye allergies.
· Do not share common handkerchiefs, towels, toiletries, etc.
· Do not share common eye cosmetics.
· Extra care is must for those who are wearing contact lenses. Never go to sleep with lenses. Lenses should not be worn for more than 16 hours. It affects the cornea.
· Eye make up should be light during the day. Eye shadows, if used, should not spill over into the eyes.
· Use waterproof mascara. Melted mascara can be harmful for eyes.
· Be careful while using eye liner. It should not get in contact with the eyes directly.
· Be careful while removing eye makeup, if somehow makeup goes inside eyes then rinse fast with cold water and don’t rub.
· Always remove make up before retiring to bed, whatever late it may be.
So, take care of your eyes and enjoy the Durga Puja after maintaining all protocols due to covid.
Dr. Ipsita Basu, DO, DNB, DipNB, Consultant – Pediatric Ophthalmology, Disha Eye Hospitals
& Dr Joyeeta Das, Consultant Orbit and Oculoplasty Surgeon, Disha Eye Hospitals