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Bangalore sees sharp hike in Dry Eye Cases, Cases expected to increase further in coming years…

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Bengaluru : “Cases of Dry eyes is increasing at an alarming rate everyday due to excessive usage of computers and mobile phones for longer durations than is the recommended norm. Furthermore, medical conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, and Vitamin A deficiency can also trigger dry eyes,” quoted Dr. Sanjana Vatsa, Cornea and Refractive Surgeon, Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital, Indiranagar at the launch of India’s first-of-its-kind Dry Eye Clinic in the presence of Shri S Raghu, MLA, CV Raman Nagar. The Dry Eye Clinic located at their specialist eye hospital in Indiranagar was inaugurated by MLA Shri S Raghu.

 

As a promotional offer on the eve of the launch of the new specialty clinic, Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital is offering free Dry Eye Evaluation & doctor consultation for the residents of Bengaluru till the 15th of August 2022.

 

As Bengaluru is the IT Capital of India, the number of IT professionals working from home/ office and students attending online classes have increased in the recent times, resulted in a drastic increase of the cases of Dry Eye syndrome. According to the surgeons at Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, the cases have gone up from 10 percent to 30 percent over a very short period of time.

 

The new Dry eye speciality clinic comprises of the latest and most advanced diagnostic technology with treatment options including the “Intense Pulse Light Therapy” which improves the quantity and quality of tears being produced by the eye. The therapy significantly reduces the signs and symptoms of dry eyes and specifically benefits those patient who do not find adequate relief with use of eye drops alone.

 

 

 

Dr. Sanjana Vatsa, Cornea and Refractive Surgeon, Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital, Indiranagar said that: “We have witnessed that the majority of people in the age group of 20 – 40 years complain of dry eyes and they are either working professionals or students who undergo online classes. Excessive use of electronic devices is known to affect eyes, commonly in the form of dry eyes. With over 30 percent increase in the recent months, we expect this to increase by a further 15 percent in the coming years.”

 

 

 

To ensure that one does not suffer from dry eyes, Dr. Vatsa recommended the usage of topical lubricating eye drops and gel to keep the eyes moist and hydrated. Moderate cases also require systemic medications in the form of tablets, in addition to eye drops. However, severe and chronic cases who do not respond well to topical or systemic medications can be benefited from advanced treatments such as “Intense pulse light therapy” to stimulate the glands around the eye to secrete more quantity and better quality of tears which help in significant improvement in the signs and symptoms of dry eyes.

 

Dr. Archana S, Regional Head – Clinical Services, Dr Agarwals Eye Hospital, Bengaluru, pointed out saying, “It is imperative the people do not ignore the symptoms of dry eyes. If one has a burning sensation in the eyes, foreign body sensation, itching, redness, blurring of vision, discomfort, etc., one should immediately visit an ophthalmologist. Such symptoms if left untreated, can lead to pain, scarring, and in some cases vision loss as well. It is recommended people visit and get evaluated.”.

 

Dr. Triveni V Regional Head – Clinical Services, Dr Agarwals Eye Hospital, Bengaluru said that “Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital in Indiranagar is a refractive hub for the hospital chain. The center is equipped with advanced technology and the latest equipment to provide comprehensive eye care in a holistic manner. The hospital is housed on two floors, spread across approximately 5,000 sq ft. The center will give the patients 360-degree comprehensive eye care under one roof, offering services such as general ophthalmology, cataract services, laser cataract surgery, retina & cornea services, glaucoma & orbit, refractive surgery, and pediatric ophthalmology”.

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