September 28, 2023

Eye Flu Prevention: How to Safeguard Your Eyes While Traveling on Public Transport

Conjunctivitis, commonly known as eye flu, has been spreading rapidly across various parts of the country, affecting people from school students to officegoers. With cases on the rise due to floods, waterlogging, and rainy weather, it becomes crucial to take precautions, especially while traveling on public transport like buses and metros. To prevent the spread of this highly infectious viral/bacterial infection and protect your eyes, follow these simple yet effective tips recommended by Dr. Saumya Sharma, Senior Consultant at Sharp Sight Eye Hospitals.

  1. Wear Sunglasses or Protective Eyewear: Consider wearing sunglasses or other protective eyewear while traveling. These act as a barrier against airborne particles, dust, and germs that may carry the eye flu virus. Opt for wraparound sunglasses to shield your eyes from all angles, providing better protection.
  2. Maintain Hand Hygiene: Keeping your hands clean is essential to prevent eye flu transmission. Refrain from touching your eyes with unwashed hands, as this can introduce the virus. Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer and use it frequently, especially after touching common surfaces or handrails.
  3. Avoid Touching Your Face: Resist touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, as this is a common route of transmission for the eye flu virus. If necessary, ensure your hands are clean or use a tissue as a barrier.
  4. Practice Social Distancing: Whenever possible, maintain a safe distance from other passengers to minimize exposure to respiratory droplets. Standing or sitting away from visibly unwell individuals can significantly reduce the risk of contracting the virus.
  5. Disinfect Personal Items: If you carry personal items like mobile phones or bags while traveling, make sure to sanitize them regularly. Germs can reside on these surfaces and easily transfer to your eyes if you touch them.

Eye flu is a self-limiting infection, and while it may not pose a severe risk to eye health, it can be uncomfortable and disrupt your daily routine. By following these preventive measures, you can protect your eyes and reduce the risk of contracting conjunctivitis while traveling on buses or metros. Remember to consult an eye specialist if you experience any symptoms of eye flu for prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Prioritizing eye health and practicing these precautions can help you enjoy a safe and comfortable journey while staying protected from eye flu.