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.