It’s almost summer! Besides sunburn, we’re sure many are cautious with some summer diseases including chickenpox and sore eyes! But don’t worry, Psst.ph are giving you some tips to prevent you from having Sore Eyes:
Do not Touch [The infected area]
If eyes are infected and seems to show signs of sore eyes, it is better not to touch the eyes to prevent from being infected.
Frequently wash your hands
Make it a habit to wash your hands before and after putting medicine as prescribed by your doctor. Saline solution can help rinse the eyes to remove dirt.
Hot compress can help in the blood circulation of nerves in the eyes to relieve stress. But cold compress is also effective for irritation and swollen eyes by using soft wet towel for cleansing.
Stop Re-using for hygienic purposes
Never re-use tissue, handkerchief, or any cloth that was previously used. Throw them away and after using, wash the cloth immediately so as to prevent virus from spreading. Sanitize your sunglasses/sunnies especially when you wore them while you were infected with sore eyes.
Clean and Disinfect
Change your bed sheets, towel or pillow cases at least once a week. Wipe or spray on disinfectant on materials you often use to prevent spread of sore eyes virus.
Proper personal hygiene
With the intense heat, make sure to take a bath everyday especially this summer and have a proper hygiene to avoid sore eyes from spreading this vacation. Maintaining good personal and household hygiene is the key to preventing the spread of infectious conjunctivitis: Avoid contact with people who have conjunctivitis. Disinfect household surfaces, e.g. doorknobs and countertops. Keep your fingers away from your eyes.
Among the causes of sore eyes are:
– infection by adenoviruses
Sore eyes can spread via:
– direct contact with hands contaminated with eye secretions of an infected person
– touching eyes with hands getting in contact with surfaces, instruments, eye solutions, or make-ups contaminated with the virus
– swimming in poorly chlorinated pools
The DOH said symptoms may include:
-watery to pus-like discharge
– redness of the eye with pain and/or itching
– eyelids stuck together when waking up
Treatment and prevention
DOH said there is no specific treatment during the acute phase of one to two weeks. It advised those with profuse eye discharge or with blurred vision or severe pain to consult an opthalmologist.
It offered the following prevention tips:
– minimize hand-to-eye contact
– use your own towels, eye drops, make-ups and applicators, sunglasses, or eyeglasses
– wear eyeglasses or sunglasses on windy days to protect eyes from foreign particles
– avoid crowded places.
– with dilute bleach solution, disinfect surfaces, doorknobs, counters, elevator buttons, and handrails
– wash clothes, towels, pillow cases, and items that may have come in contact with an infected person.