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Exclusive Interview with Phaco Surgeon Dr. Deepika Chandra Shekar on Viral Conjunctivitis Rise and Precautions

As the winter season commences, incidences of several conditions increase. One such seasonal eye condition is viral conjunctivitis. It refers to swelling of the outermost layer of the eye along with the inner surface of the eyelids. It can happen to people of any age group and is contagious by nature. Individuals with compromised immune system like diabetics, require special care during this season to deal with this state of eyes.

In an exclusive interview to ygoy.com, Phaco Surgeon Dr. Deepika Chandra Shekar, M.B.B.S., M.S. (OPH), Asst. Professor for Ophthalmology, pointed out that this eye condition has already reached epidemic proportions in the recent times. She discusses the reason behind this phenomenon in this interview and suggests the precautions people should take in order to keep this viral infection at bay.

Why Viral conjunctivitis is on the Rise?
There are two fold reasons for incidences of this condition to increase in recent times. They are:
Virus Becoming Drug-resistant: According to Dr. Chandra Shekar, the virus responsible for this condition, Adenovirus, has become drug resistant over the years owing to irregular usage of over the counter medications.

Deforestation: Another vital reason cited by the eye expert was that decrease in the forest areas is also responsible for the exodus of the virus to the cities and other populated areas.

What are the Precautions to Prevent Viral Conjunctivitis?
The precautions mentioned by the surgeon were meant for the affected patients and their family members equally. They are:

  • Hands should be washed frequently. Usage of a hand wash is preferable.
  • The eyes should not be touched with hands often.
  • The towels and hand kerchiefs should not be shared.
  • Same medication should not be used for all age groups as the dosage of the same differs with age.
  • The severity of the infection can be reduced by the intake of nutritious foods and fruits which naturally strengthen the immune system and combat with the menace of the virus internally.

Dr. Chandra Shekar concludes the conversation by clearing the myth that watching television or the usage of computers can aggravate this eye condition.

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