Dry Eye Disease’s prevalence is an alarming concern in Mumbai, with an estimated 18.4% to 54.3% of the population affected by the condition. Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital, India’s largest network of eye hospitals, has stepped up to the plate to tackle this significant health challenge, which has seen an increase primarily due to the surge in screen time and prolonged exposure to air-conditioned environments.
The hospital is responding to this crisis by implementing strategies to raise awareness about Dry Eye Disease. They are educating the public on recognizing the condition’s symptoms, such as stinging sensations, blurred vision, a gritty feeling in the eye, and red or irritated eyes.
“Failure to address Dry Eye can lead to severe disturbances in vision and reduced working capacity, impacting our daily lives significantly,” warns Dr. Smit Bavariya, Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist at the hospital. He further emphasizes the importance of prompt action, recommending individuals to seek professional advice from eye specialists rather than resorting to self-diagnosis and treatment based on online information.