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Ophthalmologist Prof. who pointed out that the incidence of viral conjunctivitis increases during the winter months. Dr. warned that the contagiousness of the disease is very high, so it is necessary to avoid contact with sick people and wash hands frequently.

Eye Diseases specialist Prof. who pointed out that the incidence of viral conjunctivitis increases during the winter months. Dr. warned that the contagiousness of the disease is very high, so it is necessary to avoid contact with sick people and wash hands frequently.

MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Eye Diseases specialist Prof. Dr. gave information about the “red eye” disease among the public, and the inflammation of the transparent tissue covering the decoction of the eye and the inside of the eyelids, called “conjunctivitis” in the medical literature.

1- The viral origin of a very large part of the conjunctivitis tables

Prof. Dr. “While the conjunctivitis picture may be allergic or caused by infection, 75 percent of infections occur with viruses. Although viral conjunctivitis can also be observed in summer, its incidence increases significantly, especially in winter. In this case, we can accept that a very large part of the conjunctivitis tables encountered during the winter months are of viral origin,” he said.

2- Pay attention to swimming pools

Prof. who stated that one of the biggest factors leading to viral conjunctivitis is “adenovirus”. Dr. “Adenoviral conjunctivitis cases may be accompanied by signs of upper respiratory tract infection, even diarrhea, especially in children,” Prof. said. Although it is usually transmitted through contact with virus particles suspended in the air, swimming pools can also lead to this disease. Different types of viruses and, of course, the current problem of recent years can also occur depending on the SARS-COV-2 virus,” he said.

3- It starts in one eye and passes to the other eye in a few days

Prof., who noted that the discomfort usually starts in one eye and signs appear in the other eye within a few days. Dr. In addition to non-seepable redness, superficial bleeding, watering, burring, pain, foreign body sensation and sensitivity to light were observed, he said. Prof. who pointed out that the disease has a very high contagiousness.

Dr. said that: “The contagion continues for about 10-14 days. It can also be transmitted by air, especially after a family member gets the disease from the outside, it can lead to all individuals in the house becoming infected. For this reason, in addition to personal precautions such as frequent hand washing, precautions such as avoiding close contact, separating common items such as towels and sheets should definitely be taken. The sick individual should also avoid putting his hand to his eye frequently, which is an important place for infection to the other eye and other individuals.”

4- Signs and symptoms usually improve in 1 week

Prof. who mentioned that the clinical findings are mostly sufficient to make a diagnosis. Dr. said that the disease is self-limiting and can improve even without treatment. Emphasizing that the signs and symptoms usually improve within 1 week, Prof. Dr. said, “There are also cases that extend up to 3 weeks or recur early. Just as antibiotics have no place in treatment, antiviral eye drops or pomades have no place in adenoviral conjunctivitis. Cold dressing and frequently applied, preservative-free eye drops will improve the comfort of patients. However, antibiotic drops may be prescribed to prevent secondary bacterial infections from being added to the table, especially in children. Cleaning of false membranes, that is, membranous formations, is important to avoid disfigurement of the eyelid. If there is corneal involvement, it should be shared with the patient for whom long-term follow-up is needed, in this case, it may be necessary to use eye drops containing corticoceroids,” he said.

5- Do not wear contact lenses during illness

Emphasizing that rest will both speed up the patient’s recovery and prevent transmission, Prof. Dr. stated that since the disease can occur with different types of viruses, the person who has had the disease may get the disease again. On the other hand, Prof. Dr. stressed that the use of contact lenses should be decoupled during the illness. Prof. Dr. explained that proper disinfection of the devices and tools used during the examination and washing the doctor’s hands after the examination will be effective in preventing cross-contamination and the spread of the disease.



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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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