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Surge in pink eye cases: Lahore reports 45 new infections

Doctors advise people to use prescribed eye drops, cold water, and tissue for cleansing eyes
The typical symptoms include redness, a gritty or scratchy sensation in the eye, and itching. Photo/File
The typical symptoms include redness, a gritty or scratchy sensation in the eye, and itching. Photo/File

After Karachi, Lahore is also witnessing a surge in eye infection cases during the rainy season, and dozens of cases of conjunctivitis or pink eyes are being reported daily.

People who are suffering from this infection are unable to go outside, as sunshine and dust affect their sight.

Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye disease, is indeed the inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane (the conjunctiva) that lines the eyelid and covers the eyeball.

The typical symptoms include redness, a gritty or scratchy sensation in the eye, and itching.

Read: Punjab issues health guidelines to fight pink eye infection

Additionally, many people with conjunctivitis experience a discharge that can lead to the formation of crusts on the eyelashes, especially during the night. These symptoms can be caused by various factors, including infections, allergies, or irritants.

The Punjab Health Department has recorded more than 100 cases in Lahore instances in its outpatient department (OPD) until Wednesday, September 20.

Dr Bushra of Services Hospital said 40% of patients are coming in OPD with this infection.

Asking people to taking precautionary measures, the doctor recommend eye drops to the patients and advised the affectees to maintain strict practices and keep separate their regular items such as towel and toiletries from other.

Moreover, patients are directed to use prescribed eye drops and tissue for cleansing their eyes. The patients can also use cold water to temporarily soothe their eyes.

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