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Ashob e Chashm: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Prof. Dr. Suhail Sarwar

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Ashob e Chashm also known as pink eye, or conjunctivitis in English, is an eye infection that can lead to redness, itching, and discomfort. If you have pink eye, consulting a healthcare expert for a diagnosis and suitable treatment is necessary. However, some remedies can be used at home to manage cases of pink eye.

What is Ashob e Chashm?

“Ashob-e-Chashm” is an infection or inflammation of the thin layer or membrane (conjunctiva) that lines the inside of your eyelid and the white part of the eye. It is sometimes referred to as “pink eye” because it often causes the white part of the eye to turn into a pink or reddish color due to inflammation.

Ashob e Chashm Types

First, it is important to understand the types of Ashob e Chashm and what causes them. Conjunctivitis can be classified into three types:

1. Viral Conjunctivitis:

This type is commonly caused by viruses similar to catching a cold. It spreads easily. Usually, it starts in one eye before affecting the other. Symptoms include redness, watery discharge, and itching.

2. Bacterial Conjunctivitis:

Bacterial conjunctivitis occurs as a result of infections. It often leads to a green discharge and can impact one or both eyes. Bacterial pink eye is highly contagious.

3. Allergic Conjunctivitis:

Allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious. It develops due to allergens like pollen or pet dander. It typically affects both eyes simultaneously. It causes itching, redness, and excessive tearing.

What Causes Ashob e Chashm?

Ashob e Chashm or pink eye can be caused by a number of factors including viruses, bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Streptococcus pneumonia, and Haemophilus influenzae), allergens like molds, pollen, dust mites, and pet dander, a foreign object in the eye, irritants such as cosmetics, chemicals, smoke, dust, fumes, wearing contact lenses, or blocked tear ducts in babies.

Ashob e Chashm Symptoms

The symptoms of Ashob e Chashm or pink eye are as follows:

  • Itching or burning in eyes
  • Developing a pink or reddish tinge in the white part of the eye
  • Eye discharge which may be pus or mucous
  • An intense urge to rub the eyes
  • Crusting of the eyelids or eye lashes
  • Conjunctiva swelling or redness
  • Increased tearing
  • Feeling like something is stuck in the eyes
  • Light sensitivity (Photophobia)

Affected individuals may also develop additional symptoms based on the type of conjunctivitis:

1. Viral Conjunctivitis Symptoms

  • Watery discharge from the eyes
  • An infection that usually spreads from one eye to the other after some days
  • Developing cold or flu-like symptoms

2. Bacterial Conjunctivitis Symptoms

  • Thick discharge (pus) from the eyes that may cause the eyelids to stick together
  • May occur together with an ear infection (Conjunctivitis-Otitis Syndrome)

3. Allergic Conjunctivitis Symptoms

  • Itching and swelling
  • Increased tear shedding or production
  • Developing allergy symptoms; sneezing, itchy nose, asthma, etc.

Home Remedies For Ashob e Chashm

Now that we have a grasp of pink eye delve into different home remedies that can assist in easing its symptoms and facilitate the healing process. Before attempting any of these remedies, consult your doctor to ensure they are suitable for your situation. You can reduce the discomfort of pink eye and regain clear and healthy eyesight.

Here are some simple and effective methods to alleviate discomfort caused by pink eye;

1. Honey

Honey possesses properties that can combat bacteria and reduce inflammation, making it a possible solution for conjunctivitis. Combine a teaspoon of raw, unpasteurized honey with one cup of water. Administer a drop or two of the mixture into the eye using an eyedropper throughout the day. Ensure that the honey is pure and does not contain any additives.

2. Hydration

Staying hydrated by drinking a good amount of water is beneficial for eliminating toxins from your body and supporting the healing process. Additionally, it helps prevent dehydration, which can exacerbate the symptoms of pink eye.

3. Rest

Getting rest is important for your body’s healing process. It’s important to have sleep and relaxation to support your system in combating infections like Ashob e Chashm.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a plant that has many different health benefits. You can take the gel from an aloe leaf and gently put it on your eye if it’s bothering you. Aloe vera possesses a sensation that can assist in reducing redness and alleviating any discomfort you may experience. It is important, however, to use aloe vera gel without any chemicals or fragrances.

5. Saltwater Rinse

A saline solution is one way to find relief from pink eye. Mix a quarter teaspoon of salt into a cup of boiled water. Let it cool down. Then, use an eyedropper to put a drop into the eye. This will help cleanse the eye and may alleviate any irritation you’re experiencing.

6. Cucumber Slices

Cucumber slices have benefits beyond being used in spa treatments. They can also offer relief for pink eye. Refrigerate the cucumber slices and place them gently over your eyes. The coolness of the cucumber can help alleviate inflammation and reduce itching sensations.

7. Potato Slices

Using cucumber slices, you can place chilled potato slices on your eyes to help reduce inflammation and find relief from the symptoms of pink eye. Keep them on for a few minutes. See if it brings any comfort.

8. Herbal Eyewash

You can find eyewashes made from ingredients such as goldenseal, eyebright, or calendula at health stores. These natural remedies are known to provide relief and promote healing for the eye. It’s important to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer when using them.

9. Turmeric and Milk

Turmeric is famous for its inflammatory properties and ability to combat bacterial infections. Mix one teaspoon of powder with a cup of milk to make an eyewash solution. Use an eyedropper to apply a drop of this mixture onto the eye.

10. Neem

Neem oil possesses properties that make it suitable for use as an eyewash. Simply boil leaves in water, strain the resulting solution, and let it cool down. Apply this solution as an eyewash to alleviate symptoms of pink eye.

11. Eyebright

Eyebright is a known herb traditionally used to address eye conditions. If you visit a health store, you’ll likely come across eyebright eyewash solutions designed to provide relief and cleansing for your eyes. Just follow the instructions provided and enjoy the soothing benefits it offers.

12. Tea Bags

You can find relief when you have pink eye by placing cooled tea bags on your eyelids. Tea contains tannins that can help reduce inflammation and provide soothing comfort for your eyes.

13. Green Tea

Green tea is rich in antioxidants. It has the potential to serve as an eyewash. Prepare a cup of green tea, allow it to cool, and gently apply it onto your eyes using a cloth as a compress.

Tips To Prevent The Spread Of Ashob e Chashm

1. Sharing of Items

To avoid transmitting pink eye, avoiding sharing items such as towels, pillows, or eye cosmetics is essential. Only using your personal belongings and avoiding shared items minimizes the chances of spreading the infection to others.

2. Eye Hygiene

Taking care of your eyes regularly can be beneficial in preventing pink eye. Make sure to clean your eyelids and lashes daily using a baby shampoo that’s tear-free and diluted with warm water. This will help remove dirt, debris, or secretions and lower the chances of infection while promoting overall eye health.

3. Hand Hygiene

Ashob e Chashm (conjunctivitis), is extremely contagious. It’s important to maintain hand hygiene by frequently washing your hands to prevent its spread. Also, refrain from touching or rubbing your eyes as a precaution.


Ashob e Chashm can cause significant discomfort and disrupt your daily routine. While certain home remedies can provide relief and help speed up the healing process, you should consult an eye specialist to ensure the proper management and treatment of the infection. Remember to prioritize hygiene and cleanliness to prevent spreading of pink eye infection.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Prof. Dr. Suhail Sarwar
Prof. Dr. Suhail Sarwar - Author Prof. Dr. Suhail Sarwar is one of the most experienced and accomplished professionals in the field of Ophthalmology, often regarded as one of the best eye specialists in Lahore, Pakistan.

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