The Madras Eye is back

The Madras Eye is back

The viral disease, unlike what we saw last year, isn’t serious. Most people don’t require medication. It settles down in five days. But this time we are seeing many children with flu-like symptoms,” said opthalmologist Dr V Vasumathi of Radhatri Nethralaya. They may need no medication for the eye, unless there is an associated bacterial infection causing eye inflammation or vision disruption, she said.

Childcare specialists call the condition pharyngoconjunctival fever. We see this often in school children. It is caused by a virus, usually the adenovirus, and is contagious, said Dr S Balasubramanian, medical director of Kanchi Kamakoti Childs Trust. This type of fever peaks in summer, particularly when children are in camps and swimming pools, he said. Some children may also complain of fatigue and and upset stomach.However, unlike last year when most patients had bleeding and severe swelling of the eye, symptoms were milder. The best thing to do is prevention. And if you are infected, see a doctor and stay in isolation, she said.