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Due to heavy rains in Tamil Nadu recently, along with cold and fever, the eye disease called Madras eye is spreading among the people. This disease is a disease that occurs in the conjunctiva of the eye. It is caused by adenovirus. We call it Madras Eye as it was first diagnosed at Egmore Regional Eye Hospital, Chennai.
Although this disease is caused by a virus and can be easily treated within two weeks, it can affect the iris and cause tiny scars on the iris of the eye. Also, along with this, bacterial infection is likely to occur. Therefore, follow-up treatment by an ophthalmologist is necessary.
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Things visitors to Madras should observe:
# Wash and use your blanket, pillowcase, towel etc daily.
# Keep your face clean by wiping it with a wet towel
# One should sleep alone away from family members
# Keep your hands clean by washing them frequently with soap or using disinfectants
# Those who apply eye medicine should wash their hands before applying the medicine and after applying the medicine.
# Do not touch eyes with hands for any reason. If you want to touch your eyes, you should wash your hands before touching them. Wash hands thoroughly after touching eyes. Then Madras Eye is less likely to be affected.
# Don’t send children to school if they have Madras Eye. Because it is likely to spread to many students through the child.
# Children affected by Madras, adults should avoid cell phones too much.
# A healthy, well-hydrated, vitamin A and C rich diet, sleep, rest for the eyes etc. will help you recover faster from the disease.
# If traveling by bus or train, carry a blanket and pillow and use them.
# If the eyes are red, they should avoid going to the drug store and buying tube medicine thinking that it is Madras eye.
# Do not use breast milk, ghee etc.
# Drug store owners should advise people with Madras eye disease to visit an ophthalmologist if they approach them.
# A person suffering from madras eye in both eyes can take a head bath with warm water.
# Those who have an eye problem can wipe their face with a wet cloth.
# Isolation, keeping hands clean can prevent the spread of Madras.
# Since this is an eye disease that spreads easily from one person to another, the above instructions should be followed without fail to prevent social transmission.