Lahore is currently experiencing a sudden and significant rise in cases of conjunctivitis, commonly referred to as ‘pink eye,’ which is causing widespread concern in the city. This contagious eye infection has spread across various neighborhoods, leading to a sharp increase in individuals seeking medical treatment.
The healthcare system in the city is under immense pressure as more than five hundred people are visiting hospitals daily due to this eye infection. Experts have identified the cause as viral conjunctivitis and are warning about the potential for further spread if preventive measures are not taken.
Patients suffering from this infection have reported painful symptoms such as redness, eye swelling, and excessive tearing, raising concerns about the severity of the outbreak. What is particularly alarming is the rapid rate at which the virus is spreading, not only through direct contact but also through the air and casual conversations.
Ophthalmologist Professor Asad Aslam has stressed the urgent need for preventive actions. He has emphasized that the virus can easily spread through contact with contaminated surfaces, close proximity to infected individuals, and even through ordinary conversations. To mitigate further transmission, he advises people to wear protective eyewear, immediately isolate bedding and utensils, and exercise extreme caution.
Professor Aslam has also highlighted the critical importance of maintaining strict hygiene practices to curb the virus’s spread. He has pointed out that the virus can linger on surfaces for extended periods, and if an infected person touches their eye and then touches other surfaces or people, the risk of transmission is significant.
Experts have noted that this eye infection tends to be more prevalent during the rainy season, making it essential for Lahore residents to remain vigilant and adhere to hygiene guidelines.