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What You Need to Know About Pink Eye

Monday, February 14th, 2022, 3:28 am

Boy with conjunctivitisIf your kid has never had pink eye, count yourself lucky! It is very common and spreads very easily. But it doesn’t just affect kids – adults can get it too. Here are some other things you might not know about pink eye, when to see a doctor, and what you can do if you or your kids get it.

6+ things you should know about pink eye

1. If you or your children have pink eye, it can spread easily when items such as pillows and makeup are shared. Even sharing glasses can pass pink eye around. Make sure to wash your hands often and don’t touch your eyes.

2. Pink eye easily passes from one person to another, but it can also be caused by a foreign object in the eye, a respiratory infection such as a cold, or coming into contact with something you are allergic to, such as pet fur.

3. Eyes that are itchy and red with a discharge may have pink eye. It is annoying and irritating, but it only rarely affects vision.

4. As soon as any pink eye symptoms appear you should stop wearing your contact lenses. Once you have recovered, you should throw away lenses you were wearing, lens accessories (such as the lens case and the bottle of solution you were using), and any eye makeup that may be carrying pink eye.

5. Eyedrops or a cool or warm compress (whichever temperature feels better to you) can help to ease the discomfort that can come with pink eye. If you only have pink eye in one eye, make sure you don’t touch the compress to the other eye.

6. Pink eye will usually get better on its own, but if you are in pain or you aren’t getting better after a few days you should see your doctor. You should also see your doctor if you have pink eye along with a condition that weakens your immune system, such as HIV.

If you are having a problem with your eyes, Marion Eye Center and Optical can help. Contact the office in Illinois (800-344-7058) or the office in Missouri (877-269-4545) for an appointment!

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