Pol­lu­tion leav­ing Del­hi­ites with wa­tery eyes

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New Delhi:

Nearly one in ev­ery 10 pa­tients vis­it­ing AIIMS’ eye OPD these days com­plains of wa­tery eyes, a con­di­tion caused by the ris­ing air pol­lu­tion in the city.

Eye spe­cial­ists of the premier med­i­cal in­sti­tute call it a se­ri­ous mat­ter. They have ap­proached the Union health min­istry seek­ing funds to study the scale of the prob­lem and find re­me­dial mea­sures. “We have just com­pleted an ac­tion plan in­volv­ing screen­ing of peo­ple liv­ing in dif­fer­ent parts the city. Fo­cus will be on ar­eas where there is higher level of pol­lu­tion, such as ma­jor traf­fic in­ter­sec­tions, to as­sess the ex­tent of the dam­age to the pop­u­la­tion,” Dr J S Ti­tiyal, pro­fes­sor and head of cornea, cataract and re­frac­tive surgery ser­vice at AIIMS, told TOI.

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