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Expert offers measures to handle eye flu

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By Menuse-O Max Khieya Updated: Aug 24, 2023 8:56 pm

KOHIMA —  Dr. Imnapokim, eye consultant at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK), has given certain measures to handle conjunctivitis cases, commonly referred to as ‘pink eye’ or ‘eye flu.’

During a conversation with Eastern Mirror on a Thursday evening, Dr. Imnapokim explained the two main types of conjunctivitis: bacterial and viral infections. He explained the risk factors involved when coming into contact with individuals, who have either type of conjunctivitis.

The doctor highlighted that eye flu tends to occur annually with a higher likelihood of occurrence during humid weather and the rainy season. He explained some of the common symptoms of conjunctivitis such as tenderness or pain, swelling of the conjunctiva, sticky eyelids in the morning, redness, itching, discharge, watering of eye, fever, sore throat, photophobia etc.

To prevent the spread of eye flu, he recommended maintaining good hand hygiene through regular hand washing and using hand sanitisers. He also advised keeping the eyes clean using soft tissues for cleaning and wearing protective goggles when outdoors.

Dr. Imnapokim emphasised the importance of consulting an eye doctor if experiencing blurred vision, excessive discharge from the eye or noticeable swelling. He cautioned against touching or rubbing the eyes and using eye medications without a doctor’s prescription. He also highlighted the risks of using old eye medicines and wearing contact lenses.

The doctor also stressed the importance of avoiding the sharing of personal items like eye cosmetics (makeup), soup, towels, handkerchiefs, etc.

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By Menuse-O Max Khieya Updated: Aug 24, 2023 8:56:25 pm
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