Conjunctivitis or pink eye is a common eye condition which can have Symptoms from mild ocular irritation to severely debilitating corneal scars.
Conjunctivitis can spread rapidly in communities and cause multiple reinfections within a group of people so its important to understand how disease transmits and how to prevent it.
It spreads by fomites or inanimate objects.
Precautions to prevent spread of conjunctivitis.
- Never share personal items such as washcloths, hand towels, bedsheet, pillow covers.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, and avoid rubbing or touching your eyes.
- Wash your hands frequently, especially when spending time at school or in other public places.
- Keep a hand sanitizer nearby and use it frequently.
- Frequently clean surfaces such as countertops, bathroom surfaces, faucet handles and shared phones with an antiseptic cleaner.
- Avoid dust and dirty environment.
- Avoid contact lens use.
- Avoid swimming.
- Clean your eye with eye wipes. Don’t touch your eye unnecessarily.
Please consult your eye doctor immediately and seek help if you think you have conjunctivitis.