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Conjunctivitis can ruin eyesight

19th February 2013

The Daily Mail has reported that one in ten people who suffer from the adenovirus will develop viral conjunctivitis.

An ophthalmic surgeon warned that viral conjunctivitis lasts far longer than bacterial conjunctivitis and can have serious side effects, including sight damage, if not treated. Anil Aralikatti said: "When the infection spreads to the cornea, this can lead to small swelling spots on the surface. Over time, these spots can scar. We’ve seen patients whose vision has become impaired after viral conjunctivitis to such an extent that they’re now unable to drive. We also see some patients who develop scar tissue in the part of their membrane (white of the eyes) under the eyelids."

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