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Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis (also known as pink eye or apollo) are two very contagious eye conditions that can spread easily from person to person. People with conjunctivitis will experience symptoms such as redness or swelling, eye pain, sensitivity to light or blurred vision, Itchy and burning sensation, watery eyes, yellow-like discharge, crusting of the eyelids, and lashes.

It is therefore highly recommended that you see your eye doctor if you experience these symptoms. Your doctor will identify the cause of the pink eye based on the symptoms of the patients and their eye health history. This will also enable him to administer the right treatment

How to prevent the spread of conjunctivitis

Everyone (especially those who already have conjunctivitis) needs to know how to prevent it from spreading to other people. This can be done by adhering to the following hygiene instructions:

  • Endeavour to keep your hands clean by washing them regularly with soap and, if possible, warm water before and after applying your prescribed eye medications. You can also make use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer on your hands.
  • Do not touch or rub the infected eye because this can worsen the condition and even cause it to spread to the uninfected one.
  • Use only clean hands to wash any discharge around your eye(s) several times daily and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards
  • Avoid the use of the same eye drop dispenser for your infected and non-infected eyes. Each eye should have its bottle.
  • Wash your bedsheets, pillowcases, towels, handkerchiefs, and all other items that come in contact with the face regularly with hot water and detergent.
  • Stop the use of contact lenses during treatment until your eye doctor gives you the go-ahead to use them again.
  • Avoid sharing personal items like towels, eye drops, makeup items e.t.c with other people.
  • If possible, stay away from swimming pools. When you must swim, protect your eyes by wearing swimming goggles.

If you have conjunctivitis, your treatment plan can only be effective if you adhere strictly to all that your eye doctor tells you to do. This might not be easy because it will affect some things you do every day, but it is for your good. Contact us for more information about the care of your eyes.