Conjunctivitis sees 20 pc rise: Health Dept

However, the infection was not rampant and was limited only to the City, said Dr V Raju, Joint Director, Ophthalmology.

"We have noticed the conjunctivitis epidemic only in Bangalore. It is a common eye infection in this season. People should avoid personal contact and maintain personal hygiene," he said.

However, Dr Bhujang Shetty of Narayana Nethralaya said conjunctivitis cases this time are quiet serious. While most are viral infections and take time to heal, Dr Shetty believed it is self-limiting.

"We are seeing 8-10 percent complicated cases, where cornea is affected. However, conjunctivitis is not a sight threatening infection," he said.

Usually, the peak in conjunctivitis is witnessed during mango season - May and June, he added.

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