Hyderabad: The heat and dust is leading to complaints of dry eyes, redness and itching, doctors said at the Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital, where a few cases of children with blood-shot eyes were treated. With high temperatures from mid-morning till late evening, children playing outside are affected. Professor Kulashekar Rao of Gandhi Medical College, said, the problem is seen largely in children and pregnant woman as the tear film dries up due to the excessive heat.
He said children play in the sun without wearing protective glasses and the ultra-violet rays affect their eyes. “Parents get scared and rush them to hospital. Pregnant women suffer due to hormonal changes in their body and the summer heat dries up their eyes,” said Prof. Rao. If the dry eye problem persists for more than two weeks, doctors prescribe eyedrops.
Senior ophthalmologist Dr Vijay Kiran said that the heat and dust cause an itchy sensation in the eyes. “Children rub their eyes with dirty hands and it aggravates the problem,” he said.
Dr Kiran said children must wear coloured glasses while playing outside. Dr S. Mathur, a senior ophthalmologist said children must wear caps when they are outside. However, doctors say that it is best to remain inside the house from 9 am to 5 pm....