Strong winds fuel eye ailments in Herat, say doctors
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Eye ailments have surged by 80 percent in western Herat province as a result of continued strong winds, doctors said on Wednesday
Dr. Jamal Abdul Naser Akhundzada, director of Noor Hospital, told Pajhwok Afghan News up to 450 people affected by eye problems had visited the hospital over the past four months.
He said continued windscaused problems for the people with sensitive eyes.“The number of patients has increased by 80 percent compared last year’s visits.”
The main reason was growing population in Herat and inadequate access to health services, Akhundzada explained, saying gales caused eye ailments and spread of viruses.
He recommended the use of sunglasses for people to protect their eyes against disease during winter and seasonal winds.
A number of Heart residents said the winds containing dust and sands usually blew for 120 days in Herat between spring and fall.
FreshtaNabizada, hailing Herat City, said: “I have been using glasses for the past three years to protect my eyes from dust and other harmful things.”
“My eyes have been so sensitive that I must use glasses for,” she said.A number of other residents of the province also said the culture of using eye glasses was not popular.
Maryam Haidarzada, a resident of the provincial capital, complained: “People use bad words and leer at us whenever we use sunglasses. In a way, they force us not to use them at all.”
Another resident of the city, Lala Ahmadi, said she had been using glasses since her childhood because of her eye condition.But people have been using offensive words just because she wears glasses.
However, Noor Hospital officials said glasses were the only way of protectingeyes against microbes. People with sensitive eyes are advised to put on spectacles.
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