PMC reports more than 500 cases of eye infection in a day

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By: Pune Pulse

August 24, 2023

Pune: Pune is currently witnessing a surge in cases of eye infections. As per information, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) reported 571 cases on Monday.

As per information, over 11,000 cases of eye infections have been reported in Pune from January to August. Consequently, ophthalmologists have advised the public to take caution and follow all the precautionary measures to protect their eyes.                                

As per the information provided, since early August, the city has observed a rise in eye infections. On Monday, the Pune Municipal Corporation reported 571 cases, with school children being the most affected. The PMC has initiated checks in schools to curb the spread of the infection.

While talking to Pune Pulse, Suryakant Deokar, Chief Immunization Officer added, “Adenovirus is the primary cause of eye infections, with symptoms manifesting within 2 to 14 days of infection.” 

Doctor Avinash Bhondwe added, ”The infection can last up to 5 days, with most patients recovering early. The severity of the infection varies depending on the adenovirus subtype. In cases of severe infections, it is advisable to seek medical attention from an ophthalmologist. To prevent the spread of infections, it is recommended to avoid touching the eyes with hands, refrain from sharing personal items, clean the eyes with a damp cloth, discontinue the use of contact lenses if infected, and consult an ophthalmologist if the condition worsens.”

Madhupriya Dhanwate