If you’ve never had pink eye, you should consider yourself lucky! But unfortunately, you can still get it when you are an adult – it’s not just something kids get. Here are some other things you should know about pink eye, how to avoid it, and what to do if you do get it.
What you need to know about pink eye
1. Pink eye spreads incredibly easily. Don’t share items such as pillows or even eyeglasses with someone who has pink eye, and never share makeup with another person.
2. If someone in your house has pink eye, you should wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes.
3. As soon as pink eye symptoms appear (such as itchy, red eyes with discharge), you should stop wearing your contact lenses. Once you have recovered, throw away the lenses you were wearing when you got pink eye, and it’s a good idea to throw away the lens case and even the bottle of solution you were using as well. You should also throw out any eye makeup you were using.
4. Pink eye is irritating and annoying, but it rarely affects vision.
5. Besides being easily spread from person to person, pink eye 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).
6. Pink eye usually gets better on its own. However, if you are in pain or the pink eye doesn’t go away within a few days, you should see your doctor. If you have pink eye along with a condition that weakens your immune system (such as HIV), you should see your doctor right away.
7. To ease the discomfort of pink eye, you can try a cool or warm compress – whichever feels better to you. Just make sure that you don’t touch the compress to the eye with pink eye and then to the one without, or you might spread it.
If your pink eye doesn’t go away by itself, it may be time to call Southside Eye Care. Call (757) 484-0101 for an appointment today!