Parents to be aware as pre-monsoon brings high risk of Eye infections

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AS pre-monsoon showers hits many parts of the country , Eye infections become very common during the season of monsoon especially hitting children and resulting in serious problems due to lack of healthcare awareness among common man, a medical health professional warned on Thursday.
Talking to private news channel Senior ophthalmologists Dr Nasir Zia urged people to not to ignore symptoms like redness, swelling or burning sensation in the eyes and consult an ophthalmologist during the season.
He said that conjunctivitis is the most common eye infection during these wet months, which increases to 40-60% during the monsoon and more among the children. Experts also said that dryness of eyes during the monsoon season triggers most of the problems including stye. The Masses in general and parents have been advised to take extra care attributed to surging humidity during monsoon consequently leading to varied categories of eye infections.
Parents and teachers should keep an eye on signs of vision problems among kids for timely treatment as healthy eyes are a critical part of the development of kids, he added.
Vision screening should be part of child’s routine check-ups even if the problems aren’t noted, he said, adding that comprehensive eye examination by a professional should not be avoided.
Nasir Zia said that most of the time, vision problems aren’t obvious, and the best way to catch issues early is through vision screening.
“I will strongly recommend screening at school level that can prevent blindness,” said Dr.
He said that there were many eye conditions and diseases that can affect a child’s vision, therefore, every new-born should be checked thoroughly at the age of 14 days and treated immediately in case of any problem.
Eye stye is also common during this season. Its symptoms are excruciating pain, pus discharge, and redness over eyelids. Its basic treatment is warm and cold compresses, eye drops and other medication but if the size of the lump increases, the patient needs to visit an ophthalmologist, he said. He informed that people should avoid sharing towels and similar personal items because infections mostly spread through hands, clothes and other commonly touched items. If someone has developed an eye problem, the family members should wash hands after administering drops as to avoid the spread of infection.

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