‘Apollo’ cases on the rise – Ghana Optometric Association confirms

The Ghana Optometric Association(GOA) has informed the public of the surge in cases of Acute Hemorrhagic Conjunctivitis also known as ‘Apollo’.

According to a statement by the association, most of its members across the country have recorded cases of Apollo.

The statement, however, said that there is no need to panic as early eye care in order to prevent its spread and possible complications.

“Apollo is an inflammation of the thin transparent layer (conjunctiva) covering the white part (sclera) of the eye which is caused by viruses such as enterovirus 70 and coxsackie virus A24.

“The condition, which could also be termed viral conjunctivitis, spreads very fast, with some of the signs and symptoms, including profuse tearing of the eyes, serious watery discharges, pain in the eyes, conjunctival redness, lid swelling, sandy sensations and sub-conjunctival haemorrhages,” the statement signed by the National Secretary of GOA said.

It added that although it is usually self-limiting, eye drops are prescribed to prevent secondary or severe symptoms associated with Apollo.

GOA further advised the public to seek medical care from an optometrist, ophthalmologist, or ophthalmic nurse when symptoms begin to show.

On prevention, it warned against touching or rubbing their eyes and handshaking, while encouraging regular washing of hands with soap and water, regular use of hand sanitisers, and rubbing alcohol.

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