Viral and bacterial pink eye are contagious and spread effortlessly. Since most conjunctivitis cases are caused by viruses for which there is usually no medical treatment, preventing its spread is important.
Delhi has developed sore eyes. The baking sun, along with grime and dust, has made the city prone to infections like never before. The exceedingly contagious, viral conjunctivitis is at its best, ringing bells in the city.
Prone to occur mainly in April and May, the epidemic is in the air.
As we are welcoming monsoon showers, the capital’s eye hospitals have estimated at least 30 per cent of their patients suffer from conjunctivitis or pink eye. Students and office-goers are supposedly its initial flag holders.
Waking up in the morning, eyes seem to have been hijacked by a monster which must be given a goodbye wave.
Rockland Hospital’s Ophthalmologist Dr Tarun Kapoor says, “People must start taking all kind of precautions, so that they don’t fall in this watery trap of infections. It is imperative to remember that conjunctivitis or pink eye is an infection and use of any kind of steroid must be avoided till the time it is not confirmed that the infection is allergic in nature”.
“Going directly to the chemist is not the right approach and one must, without wasting much time, consult an eye specialist”, Kapoor added.
Too late… too complicated
Worse, it is only when complications start taking its toil people seek medical help.
Dr Rajiv Erry, Paras hospital’s medical specialist says that the warning signs of conjunctivitis or pink eye are redness and puss discharge from the eye.
“It is a viral infection, however if it doubles up as a bacterial infection (i.e the infections spreads in the inner chamber), it can affect the cornea,” warns Erry.
“Infection is only spread through direct contact”
Dr. Parul M. Sharma, Senior consultant eye surgeon, Max Hospital advices, “Choose the right sunglasses and wear them whenever you are outside. Make sure they block 90 to 100 per cent UVA and UVB rays”.
One must not ignore redness of the eye or cloudy vision. “Antibiotic eye drops and eye ointments work well for this ailment,” she adds.
Make sure you don’t touch your eyes with dirty hands and here goes the obvious- a clean cloth must always be kept handy, suggests Kapoor.
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