Pink eye (Conjunctivitis)

Pink eye (Conjunctivitis)

How to avoid getting and spreading

 

Pink eye is highly contagious

 

Pink eye in this season is mostly caused by adenovirus. It can be caused by several bacteria.

 

Symptoms

Redness and swelling
Watering and discharge
Grittiness and irritation
Itching and burning
Crusting of the eyelids and eyelashes

 

See your doctor

 

if you have pink eye or any of the following

Eye pain
Sensitivity to light or blurred vision
Eye redness
Worsening of the symptoms
Cloudiness of the cornea
A weakened immune system
Per existing eye conditions

 

Measures to Protect from pink eye

Keep your hands clean
Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes
No sharing of personal items like hand towels, soap and pillowcases
Disinfect the surfaces
Cover coughs and sneezes to prevent the spread of germs
Social distancing, avoid crowded places
Skip swimming
Avoid wearing contact lenses if you have pink eye

 

Taking care

Visit a doctor as soon as possible and take medications / precautions as advised.

 

Dr Arpitha Rao

Consultant Ophthalmologist,

Apollo Hospitals, Secunderabad.