Protect Your Eyes from the Summer Heat: Avoid Sore Eyes

Summer lasts for two to three months in the country and it is also the season for many eye illnesses. While the sweltering summer heat may scald and irritate our skin, our eyes are no exception. As conjunctivitis, or sore eyes, commonly appears during summertime, the Department of Health (DOH) has mentioned that it may still occur during the rainy season.

The basic practice to avoid getting sore eyes is to never rub or touch your eyes with unclean hands. Poor hygiene may also introduce us to bacteria that may potentially cause infections, it also speeds up the spread of the virus. Do not share eye cosmetics, as well as the objects you put near your eyes like eyeglasses and sunglasses, eye makeups and face towels. Use goggles when swimming to prevent exposure to germs that might be in the water.

One thing also to remember is avoiding people who have conjunctivitis since the virus can spread to the objects that person has touched.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid
  • Swollen conjunctiva
  • Increased amount of tears
  • Thick yellow, green or white eye discharge
  • Crusting discharges over the eyelashes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • More sensitive to light
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Quick Remedies

  • Avoid wearing contact lenses. Get a new pair of contact lenses once you get better as your old contacts are likely infected and could get you sick if you wear them again.
  • Wash your hands more often, especially before and after you touch your eyes
  • Change pillowcases and bed linens every day.
  • To avoid the virus from spreading over, wash the towels and beddings with hot water and detergent.
  • Never share your eye cosmetics.
  • Use warm compress 3 to 4 times a day. This would ease the pain and helps break up some of the formed crust on your eyelashes.
  • Do not overuse and share your eye drops with anybody.

If you are feeling the following, come and see a doctor right away

  • When the pain and itchiness increases
  • Intense redness of the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light or blurred vision
  • Symptoms get worse or don’t improve
  • Pre-existing eye conditions that may put you at risk for complications and severe infection


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