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Title: Dry Eye Disease Rises in Mumbai: A Call for Awareness and Treatment

Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist Dr. Smit Bavariya of Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital educating about Dry Eye Disease

India’s largest network of eye hospitals, Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital, is putting forth tremendous efforts to tackle the burgeoning prevalence of Dry Eye Disease in Mumbai. The health condition occurs when the eyes fail to generate sufficient tears, or when the quality of tears produced is inadequate. The result is a series of inflammatory reactions that damage the ocular surface.

Symptoms can manifest in several ways, including blurred vision, stinging sensations, a gritty feeling, or even red or irritated eyes. Increased tear production may also signal Dry Eye Disease. The rise of the digital age and lifestyle changes post-pandemic, coupled with extended periods spent in air-conditioned environments, have been identified as key contributors to this escalating health issue.

Dr. Smit Bavariya, Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist at Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital, highlights the ubiquity of this condition. He notes, “Dry eye disease affects individuals of all age groups in our society, as most of us are increasingly glued to screens for professional purposes or entertainment.”

With Mumbai being a prominent IT and entertainment hub, its prevalence rates for Dry Eye Disease stand comparable to those in other leading IT centers in India, like Bangalore and Hyderabad. The phenomenon suggests a nationwide concern tied to screen-centric lifestyles.

In response to the growing crisis, Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital has been proactive in implementing initiatives to raise awareness about the causes, symptoms, and available treatments for Dry Eye Disease. Their mission is to enhance the public’s knowledge and promote overall eye health and well-being.


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