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Air pollution: How to protect your eyes from smog and toxic pollutants

Air pollution can affect your eyes, which are sensitive and prone to irritations from allergies, chemicals, and pollutants in the air. There are also some ways you can protect your eyes from the nasty air pollution.

New Delhi: With the onset of the winter season, the air pollution in Delhi has gone up sharply. This week, the national capital witnessed air quality in the ‘severe’ category with an AQI of over 400.  Air pollution can affect your eyes, which are sensitive and prone to irritations from allergies, chemicals, and pollutants in the air. As the pollution levels increase, many people experience problems like dry eyes or allergic conjunctivitis, burning sensation, itchy and sore eyes, sensitivity to air and sun and mild blurring of vision, etc.

If you experience any of these symptoms, practice care and avoid further exposure. There are also some ways you can protect your eyes from the nasty air pollution.

Reduce your screen time

Do not use screen devices, such as mobile phones and laptops, for long hours. Make sure that you get adequate periods of rest to avoid eye fatigue, dry eyes, and computer vision syndrome.

Consume a healthy diet

Eat a healthy diet consisting of foods rich in omega 3s and antioxidants, such as fish, green leafy vegetables, carrots, spinach, almonds, walnuts, and berries – these are extremely good for the eyes.

Stay hydrated

It is very important to not miss out on the water intake. Make sure to drink lots of water. It washes away the toxins as well as helps support tear formation in the eyes, which is an important function that protects against dry eyes syndrome and gets rid of irritants that may lurk beneath your eyelids.

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Wash your eyes daily

Wash your eyes thoroughly with clean, running water every morning, after reaching home from school/college/work and before going off to sleep.

Consult your doctor

 You can lubricate your eyes with eye drops after checking with your doctor. In case the irritation in the eyes persist, visit your ophthalmologist for a check-up. 

first published:Nov. 13, 2021, 10:56 a.m.

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