By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) has urged the public to be vigilant against sore eyes which is common during summer season.
Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo said that “sore eyes” is an “all-year-round” disease but its cases usually thrive during this season.
“Pag summer po talaga uso ang sore eyes kaya dapat na maging maingat, [During summer, sore eyes is very common, so, one should be careful.]” said Domingo in a radio interview.
Domingo said that sore eyes usually go away after five to seven days. However, he advised the public to consult a health professional if the condition worsens.
“Actually po, kung viral lang sya at wala namang complication ay gagaling siyang kusa within five to seven days. Kapag po lumalala sya, may panlalabo na ng mata, yung muta po ay sumusobrang dami, yung mata po ay mapulang-mapula, then baka mayroon na pong bacterial component, kailangan na pong magpatak ng antibiotic eye drops, ngunit ang dapat na mag-prescribe nito ay ophthalmologist,” explained Domingo.
[If it is only a viral infection and have no complications, it will heal naturally within five to seven days. If the condition worsens, like blurry vision, formation of crust, and eye redness, then maybe it already develops a bacterial component, then you have to use antibiotic eye drops prescribed by an ophthalmologist.]
Domingo also advised the public that breast milk, lime extract, and urine are not cure for sore eyes, these are common myths associated with the treatment of the said disease.
The health official said that the best way to treat sore eyes is through proper hygiene.
“Kalinisan lang naman talaga. Tanggalin ang muta, maghilamos, maghugas ng kamay, okey na po yun. Kapag na lang po may complications, magpunta sa doktor… Huwag nalang po magpatak ng kung anu-ano na maaring mag complicate sa sitwasyon,” he said.
[Cleanliness is very important. Remove the eye crust, wash you face and hands. If there is already a complication go to a doctor, do not just use any eye drops because it can complicate the situation.]