What is conjunctivitis?
Commonly termed as eye flu, conjunctivitis is an infection of the conjunctiva, the outermost layer of the eye, and is caused by viral or bacterial infection. It results in redness and constant discharge from the eye, with pain or itching.
Here’s what you should keep in mind if you catch the disease:
1 Eye care: Do not touch or rub your eyes. If your eyes itch or burn, use a tissue to wipe drainage. Make sure you put the used tissue in the trash, and clean your hands. As a routine practice, wash your hands frequently with soap and water. You can
also use a waterless, alcohol-based hand rub.
2 Stop sharing stuff: Do not share towels with others. Assign one towel for yourself, and wash it everyday. Do not even share your pillow with anybody, and don’t forget to wash your pillowcase every day. Whether it’s your towel or pillow case, remember to
dip them in a disinfectant.
3 No contact lenses: Do not wear contact lenses while your eyes are red or draining. Discard the contact lens solution used before or during your eye illness. Disinfect contact lenses before resuming use.
4 Stay at home: Stay away from college, workplace or parties until the eye drainage has resolved. Wear sunglasses if the jarring light bothers your eyes. Avoid hitting the pool as it will not only aggravate your infection but also contaminate the water.
5 Avoid eye makeup: The use of eye makeup products such as mascara and eyeliner can increase the discharge from the eyes. But if you have to apply eye makeup, make sure you don’t share it with anyone.
HTC (with inputs from Dr S Bharti, Bharti Group of Eye Hospitals)