The civic body will be issuing notices to all movie theatres showing 3D films directing them to dispose or sterilise the 3D goggles distributed by them. The directive is in response to rising incidences of conjunctivitis in the city.
The civic body observed that most of the patients had gone to watch 3D films, making it likely they had contracted the ailment by wearing the goggles used to watch 3D films.
“We will issue notices by tomorrow to these theatres asking them to either dispose off the goggles after using them once or sterilise them before second use,” said additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar.
Rajul Patel, chairman of the civic health committee said that in the last week there have been at least 35 cases of conjunctivitis in the city and that the BMC should organise awareness campaigns to check its spread.
Several 3D movies have been screened in the last month, including Kung Fu Panda 2, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Green Lantern.
The BMC has also issued an advisory to citizens asking them not to ignore to redness or watering in the eyes, and to make sure they must either wear their own goggles for 3D films or make sure the ones they are using have not been used earlier. Doctors also said that self-medication or buying eye drops from the chemists without consulting an eye specialist is dangerous.