Lahore is witnessing a surge in Pink Eye incidents amidst the ongoing monsoon. Health authorities have recorded 85 new Pink Eye or conjunctivitis cases in just a day. Affected individuals face challenges stepping outside, given their sensitivity to sunlight and dust.
Guidance from Eye Specialists
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva – the clear layer covering the eyeball’s white part and the eyelids’ inner surface.
Dr. Butt stressed the importance of:
- Using medically prescribed eye drops.
- Wash the eyes with cold water.
- Using tissues for cleansing.
- Avoiding direct contact with those infected.
- Not sharing personal belongings such as towels, cushions, and cosmetics.
To protect the eyes and prevent the spreading of the infection, it is recommended to wear sunglasses, take short breaks from work, and refrain from attending social events. He strongly discouraged self-medication and underscored the significance of regular handwashing.
Common symptoms of Pink Eye are redness, a sandy feeling in the eye, itching, and a crusty discharge, especially overnight.
Recent Statistics and Additional Precautions
With over 85 cases recorded in the outpatient departments of Lahore hospitals, the issue is becoming pronounced. Nearly 40% of their outpatient attendees sought treatment for Pink Eye.
Reiterating the importance of proactive measures, it is advised to maintain rigorous personal hygiene.
- Keep personal belongings, such as towels and toiletries, separate.
- Apply prescribed eye drops and cold water for momentary relief.
The provincial health sector emphasized the regular use of hand sanitisers and warned against touching the eyes without a thorough hand wash. They also stressed the importance of not sharing belongings, especially with those showing symptoms, and advised against reusing facial items.