Pink eye season: Viral eye infection cases on rise in city

October 14, 2014 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: President, Pakistan Medical Association, Karachi & renowned Ophthalmologist Prof Dr Mohammad Idress Adhi on Wednesday said conjunctivitis is a viral eye infection spread with start of winter season and citizens should avoid self-medication to save them from further complications.

Talking to PPI, Dr Idrees Adhi said citizens have been experiencing viral eye infections and such cases are on the rise in Karachi. He said eye infection cases are reported each year with the start of winter season. He said viral eye infection could not affect vision of person; however, the people should avoid self-medication. He said conjunctivitis is redness and inflammation of eyes.

He said infected persons must restrict themselves to their homes for four to five days to control the prevalence of infection. He said viral eye infections are largely self-limiting and patients must not use any eye drop or medication by their own.

He, however, made it clear that people inflicted with viral eye infection if face problem in their vision must immediately consult with a qualified eye specialist.

He clarified that viral eye infection could not spread through direct eye to eye contact, but because of close contact between family members. He dispelled the misconception that the infection spreads by watching TV and working on computer.

Dr Adhi said viral infections are mostly linked with whether and the infected persons must take care of personal hygiene, avoid close contact with others and should not share towels or handkerchiefs with others. He particularly advised parents not to send their kids inflicted with eye infection to school.

He advised people to use routine antibiotic drops if the infection is severe but only after consultation with some eye specialist and avoid self-medication to prevent further complications.

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