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Does summer air quality affect your eyes?

In a country like India where air quality index is perpetually on the red mark, it’s important to take definitive measures in order to safeguard ourselves and avoid falling prey to any kind of malady. Especially during summers, air pollution spikes up to an alarming rate and has severe consequences.

The weather reports on T.V or radio might refer to terms such as smog or air pollution which is nothing but the presence of excessive ozone in the atmosphere.


So, what is ozone and why do we have so much of it?


Ozone is an odourless, colourless gas present in the earth’s atmosphere as well as at ground level. Speaking of the latter, the ozone found on the ground is not formed naturally. It is formed when the pollutants emitted by cars, industrial boilers, refiners etc. react with sunlight. This ground level ozone is also known as bad ozone and often constitutes the smog found in urban areas. High ozone levels are a major concern during summers. Because of high sunlight and hot weather, the ozone concentrations are extremely high in the atmosphere and multiply the chances of falling sick or catching an illness.


Breathing in air that is highly infected influences the quality of life a person is leading in a negative manner. Adverse effects on health include problems such as exacerbation of asthma, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, respiratory problems, stroke, lung cancer etc.

The first and foremost part of the body to get affected because of pollution are our eyes. They are extremely vulnerable to the effects of air pollution and get easily irritated even on the slightest discomfort.


Obviously, the air quality is not magically going to improve the moment we step out of the house. But, there are certain strategies that could be followed when air quality is at its all-time low. A person can never be too careful when it comes to the matter of the eyes. You can always consult an eye specialist if your eyes are uncomfortable and irritated.


MM Eyetech Hospital is an eye diagnostic centre India and laser tech eye centre. They possess brilliantly trained service personnel with advanced eye care equipment. The treatment provided here is top-notch and provide world-class facilities to their clients. They also have a complete range of optical frames and lenses and in house pharmacy. In order to book an appointment, you can call them on +91-11-29847700 or go to their website: