How to take care of your eyes in summer?It’s an uncommon thought, but if you’re contemplating it, we commend you!

During summer, eye care is probably the last thing on people’s minds. While having fun and staying hydrated is important, we often tend to forget the damage heat can have on our eyes. If adequate care is not taken, our eyes will be vulnerable to different eye issues like redness, itchiness and burning sensations that if left unattended, can lead to more serious vision-related issues. 

Continue reading to know what the summer heat can do to your eyes and learn how to avoid it.

Commonly experienced eye problems in summer 

Eye allergies 

During summer, your eyes have a higher sensitivity to allergens in the air. People with sensitive eyes may develop allergic reactions due to the heat and high amounts of pollutants and allergens in the air. The most common symptoms are redness, irritation, and a burning sensation in and around the eyes. While these symptoms are usually very temporary, they can be highly inconvenient.

Dry eyes

Dry eyes are a relatively prevalent problem that can affect anyone at any time of the year. But summer can make the situation much worse. Dry eye symptoms can be aggravated by higher outdoor temperatures, as well as fans and air conditioning indoors. A grainy or sandy sensation in the eye is a common symptom.

Stye

A stye is a painful little lump on the inside or outside the eyelid. They’re usually brought on by a clogged oil gland and staphylococcal bacteria that live right on the skin’s surface. The bacteria become overabundant when the conditions are appropriate, resulting in the sensitive blister; the ideal conditions here being the scorching temperatures and unrelenting heat of summer.

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis, often known as pink eye or red eye, is one of the most prevalent eye conditions in summer. Itching, redness, swelling and watery eyes are signs of this condition. Conjunctivitis is more common in summer because the growth of these germs is increased by the heat. It is also contagious and can be passed on to others through direct contact or the sharing of objects.

Tips to beat eye problems in summer 

Keep your eyes safe from the scorching heat of 2022 by following these simple summer eye care tips. 

Wear Sunglasses

Wear sunglasses that provide adequate UV protection while you are out in the sun. If your shades do not offer 100% UV protection, they could be doing more harm to your eyes than good.

Stay hydrated

In summer, you’re more prone to dehydration than usual. As a result, your body’s natural ability to retain moisture is affected by dehydration. Maintaining a healthy level of hydration can help maintain moisture levels and prevent dry eyes.

Use lubricating eye drops 

Since dry eyes are more likely to occur during the summer season, always carry lubricating eye drops. Consider choosing eye drops that do not contain preservatives, as these are safer for regular use. 

Measures against allergens 

It’s not always easy to avoid all allergens, especially when you’re outdoors. However, wearing sunglasses/goggles/visors and washing your face as soon as you enter the house can keep your eyes allergen-free and reduce eye-related problems.


In conclusion, your eyes require the same attention and care as any other part of your body, and probably more during the hotter months. Taking a proactive approach to eye care can help avoid vision problems in the future. If you have any questions about summer eye health or would want to consult with one of our eye specialists in Mangalore, reach out to Prasad Netralaya 一 one of the best eye hospitals in Karnataka. You can also book a teleconsultation or call us at +91 9513596565 to book an appointment.

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Nadoja Dr. Krishna Prasad Kudlu, with 20+ years of experience, is a senior ophthalmologist, medical director, visionary and philanthropist. In 2002, he founded Prasad Netralaya, a super specialty eye hospital with a mission to provide ‘Vision for All’. He is widely recognized for his contribution to the field of Ophthalmology as a Scientific Committee Member of the All India Ophthalmic Society (AIOS), New Delhi.