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New dangers and diseases await our eyes, which are getting tired and drying out after the hot and partly drier summer season, this time in the autumn season. Turkey Medicals member and Ophthalmologist Operator Eye Doctor gave important information about the subject.

Although autumn is considered to be a season consisting only of rain and decaying leaves, it is necessary not to ignore the effects that each season has on our own body. Especially in our country, the autumn period is the season when weather changes are observed most often and, accordingly, upper respiratory tract troubles are experienced the most. Together with the upper respiratory tract, it takes its share of this season in our eyes.

Dr. “Adenoviral infections, which usually show signs of a cold and are passed on as a simple cold, cause serious infection in the eyes and even permanent visual impairments related to it,” said. A complaint of pain, redness, burning, stinging, a feeling of a foreign body in the eye that begins primarily in one eye and burrs that reach degrees that cannot open the eyes in the morning may be the first symptoms of a disease called adenoviral conjunctivitis, which is popularly referred to as eye decus. This disease, which has a fairly high infectivity, spreads rapidly, especially in public transport and crowded environments.

Eye flu, which begins in one of the family members, affects the entire family thanks to the lack of attention and personal items used in common. Over time, having the same situation in both eyes can reach a level that will allow a person to move away from both his social life and work life. Even if the complaints of the disease decrease, even if the disease improves in the later period, the damage it causes to our eyes can cause blurred vision and even poor vision. For this reason, people who think they have had eye flu or have similar complaints should contact their nearest ophthalmologist and undergo treatment and follow-up until full recovery is achieved.” he testified.

One of the most common eye diseases in Turkey’s seasonal changes is dry eye disease, said Dr.- continued his words; “Dry eye, which has become one of the biggest problems of our time, is encountered more often, especially in windy and dry areas. Smartphones, tablets and computer monitors, which we become constantly using during the day, are the biggest cause of dry eyes. Although adjusting the screen light or filters work partially, reducing our blinking reflex without noticing when looking at the screen and increasing the contact time of the eye with the air are the main factors. Considering the opening of schools in the fall and the fact that government departments are starting to work more intensively, autumn can be called a period when eye dryness peaks. In dry eyes,there may be symptoms such as burning in the eye,stinging, a feeling of sand in the eye, fatigue in the eye, especially in the evening, and difficulty opening the eye in the morning. Even if the dry eye does not look serious, it can cause complaints such as blurred vision and reduced contrast vision in the eye in later cases. It is important that our patients with this complaint use the treatment considered appropriate by the physician without interruption,” he said.

And finally, allergic conjunctivitis, which is usually more common in spring, but increases in frequency in autumn. Allergic conjunctivitis, the incidence of which increases during seasons of intense weather changes, is usually manifested by redness and itching in the eye in people with an internal allergy or a predisposition to allergic diseases. Even if the cold application partially provides comfort, a full recovery can be achieved if the causative agent of allergy has not disappeared. Since it is difficult to remove the causative agent, treatments are applied that we call symptomatic, that is, to temporarily reduce complaints. The most important issue in eye allergy is the permanent damage it will do to our eyes in the later stages and in the case of the continuity of the allergy. In addition, it should be remembered that constant and severe eye itching will cause a progressive and very serious eye disease called keratoconus, and if the disease called keratoconus also occurs, it will permanently reduce vision and even pose enough problems that an eye transplant will be required.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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