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Practise eye and hand hygiene:

Always wash your hands before touching your eyes. This become even more imperative during the pandemic, as common eye infections and COVID-19 can be avoided to a large extent by washing our hands. Avoid touching or rubbing your eye and if you have to, apply a clean, soft and wet face cloth on your eyes, instead. Be careful while washing your eyes and ensure that you are using clean water. Alternatively, you can use a sterile saline solution. Image credit: Image by ivabalk from Pixabay

10 eye care tips to follow to keep your eyes healthy and safe

If there is one thing that has increased significantly since the pandemic, it is screen time – for both adults and children. With work from home, online classes, less time spent outdoors and more spent binge-watching Netflix and other streaming services, browsing social media and or random websites, our eyes are facing the brunt of the pandemic and extended lockdown. In fact, as per data from the Department of Telecommunication, India’s internet consumption has increased by 13 per cent during the lockdown.

The monsoons are also a period when infections such as conjunctivitis, dry eyes and others are on the rise. Making matters more worrisome, the American Association of Ophthalmologists (AAO) has said that the coronavirus can spread through the eyes, just as it can through the nose and mouth.

With the pandemic making it difficult for people to go out and see an eye specialist, hence, it is important to follow proper eye hygiene and care practices to ensure that you keep your eyes safe and healthy. We take a look at tips to follow to care for your eyes.