Berhampur, May 29 (LocalWire): Number of people suffering from eye diseases has increased with the rising temperatures, doctors said.
Conditions like dry eye, vernal, catarrh and conjunctivitis are common during summer and such cases have increased manifold in Ganjam.
Some 50 patients with various eye problems related to summer visit daily at the MKCG Medical College and Hospital and private hospitals in Ganjam, they said.
“On an average, some 50 patients visit daily for treatment,” said Suchitra Das, head of the eye department at MKCG.
Dust pollution causes dry eye among adults, while the polymer of flowers causes catarrh conjunctives during spring and summer, she said.
“Since dust pollution is high in urban areas, most patients come from the towns.
The disease is not only confined to Berhampur, it is also common in other towns of the state” said Das.
While diseases like dry eye and Pterygium can affect people of all age groups, it is more common in children in the age group of 7 to 15, she added.
He advised people to maintain proper hygiene, wash hands before touching their eyes and protect eyes from dust pollution.
“When temperatures rise above 40 degrees Celsius, the eyes are more prone to UV exposure; hence protective glasses or goggles should be used after consultation with an eye doctor,” she said.