At Health Services, we’ve been seeing a few more cases of conjunctivitis (pink eye). We want you to stay healthy, so this is what we think you should know about conjunctivitis and self-care tips.
What is conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is an infection of the membrane covering the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. It can be caused by viruses or bacteria. It is seen commonly in people who have colds and people who wear contact lenses. It is very contagious, generally spread by hands touching infected eye(s) and then touching surfaces (furniture, doorknobs, telephones, etc.).
What are the symptoms?
Stinging, itching, reddening of the eye(s) are common symptoms. There may also be increased tears and/or whitish discharge, which is sticky or crusted on awakening. Vision may be blurry in affected eye(s).
What is the usual treatment?
If your symptoms are very mild (i.e., your vision is normal and light doesn’t bother eyes), you may self-treat by using:
- Warm compresses to closed eye(s), 5-10 minutes, 4 times a day. Use a clean washcloth each time.
What can I do to prevent spreading my symptoms?
- Do not let others use your washcloth, towels, pillow or eye makeup
- Avoid touching your eyes
- Wash hands frequently
- Throw out contaminated eye makeup
- Do not share eye drops.
- Avoid wearing contact lenses while you are symptomatic.
- Cleanse contact lenses thoroughly.