Did you know that children miss 3 million days of school every year because of their pink eyes? Pink eye (also called conjunctivitis) refers to inflammation or infection of the hyaline membrane, which is located on the eyelids and covers the white part of the eye. When the tiny blood vessels become inflamed, they become more visible, causing reddish or pinkish hues in your eyes.
Pink eyes are highly contagious and can be caused by viral or bacterial infections, allergic reactions, or contact with irritants (such as smoke and dust). Because it is contagious, early diagnosis and treatment are essential to limit its spread.
The most common symptoms are:
● Redness or swelling
– Itching, inflammation or burning sensation
● Grumpy or excessive tearing
● Eyelids or eyelash crusts
Intense redness of the eyes
● Sensitivity to light or blurred vision
When to see the doctor
The pink eye is no joke, if not taken care of properly it will disappear quickly. If you or your child experiences any of the above symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. If you have a weak immune system or eye problems these symptoms may get worse.
Prevention and protection
Follow these steps to help prevent and further protect yourself from the effects of conjunctivitis:
● Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. If you come into contact with pink eyes, be sure to wash your hands and help your child do the same.
● Infection can enter the body through the nose and mouth. Avoid sharing personal items such as makeup, towels, eye drops, contact lenses, etc.
● Do not touch or rub your eyes. This can make the condition worse and in some cases help it spread to the other eye.
• Always follow the eye doctor’s instructions to clean, store and replace contact lenses.
• If your child has pink eye, ask him / her to leave school and participate in extracurricular activities until the redness and swelling have completely disappeared. This can help keep your child from spreading it all over the class.
Contact lenses and pink eyes
If you wear contact lenses and are diagnosed with conjunctivitis, you should take the following steps:
• Remove contact lenses and put on glasses until the condition resolves.
● Throw away the disposable lenses you wear if you are diagnosed with pink eye.
• If you do not have disposable lenses, disinfect them before wearing them again.
Thoroughly clean the mirror cabinet, you may consider replacing it.