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19 Sep 2014
See a doc if you have red eye, it may not be conjunctivitis

Microsporidiosis, A Rare Condition, Affecting Many

Sep 19 2014 : The Times of India (Navi Mumbai)

Monsoon has been traditionally associated with greater incidence of conjunctivitis. However, another similar but rare eye infection called microsporidiosis is also being noticed by doctors here.

This condition is often mistaken to be conjunctivitis, leading to wrong treatment. Aryan Bhatia (12), a student, said, “When I had red eyes, I visited my local practitioner. When the eyes did not show improvement, my general practitioner referred me to Dr Vandana Jain at Advanced Eye Hospital. There I was told that it was not conjunctivitis.“

Dr Jain, Cornea Specialist at Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute, Navi Mumbai, said, “Microsporidiosis is caused by a parasite that tends to affect the cornea in the form of small superficial raised whitish infiltrates. These lesions change location and shape and tend to resolve over a few weeks. All we ophthalmologists do is remove these lesions with a cotton bud and give preventive antibiotic eye drops.We repeat this procedure many times.“

Dr Prashant Jawade of the Vashi civic hospital, said, “We are cautioning and advising people to keep their eyes clean and use clean napkins while wiping their face or hands. During monsoon, we do see cases of viral conjunctivitis and other eye ailments.“ Microsporidiosis is not contagious like viral conjunctivitis. In this condition, redness and discharge is lesser compared to conjunctivitis. Microsporidiosis spreads by contact of the eyes with contaminated water. Those, who enjoy swimming or are likely to get exposed to contaminated water or mud during outdoor picnics, should make it a point to wear safety goggles. Even if you are within the safe confines of your home, it is best to avoid splashing too much water on the eyes.

Authored By: Vijay Singh