Our eyes are one of the most important parts of our bodies. We use them constantly as we take in our surroundings and look at objects. You’re even using your eyes now, as you read this. That being said, if something were to happen to your eyes, it would be extremely problematic. Not being able to see can have a huge impact on your quality of life, meaning that it is especially important to take care of your eyes. It is also important to know what to do if something does happen to your eyes. For instance, there are a large variety of viruses and bacteria that can affect your eyes. One of the most well-known conditions that affects your eyes is conjunctivitis, better known as pink eye.
What Is Pink Eye?
Pink eye gets its name from the effects that conjunctivitis has on your eyes. Since conjunctivitis causes swelling on the clear, thin layer that protects the white of your eye and lines your eyelid, (known as the conjunctiva), this will cause the whites of your eye to become red and inflamed and have a watery discharge. This can cause your eyes to appear pink, which is where conjunctivitis got its colloquial name of pink eye from.
When you realise that you have contracted pink eye, whether it’s an allergic reaction or a viral infection, you will need to understand how to treat pink eye before anything else. The first thing you should do is visit your doctor to determine how the pink eye originated. Your doctor will decide whether it appears that your pink eye was caused by an infection that you picked up or if it was caused by an allergic or chemical reaction. If it was caused by the latter, you will have to remove the source of whatever is causing the reaction.
How Can You Treat Pink Eye?
If your pink eye is caused by a reaction, you will need to remove the source of the irritation. To do this, you will first need to wash your hands to prevent introducing new bacteria to an already-irritated eye. Then you will need to use a moist, clean cloth to remove any crust around your eyes. If your eye hurts, you should put a warm or cold cloth over the eye to soothe it. If you wear contacts or eye makeup, you should not use either until the pink eye goes away, as they can further irritate your eye. You shouldn’t wear contacts until two days after the symptoms go away, and you should dispose of any eye makeup that you were using before you got pink eye.
If your pink eye is caused by a bacterial or viral infection, then the doctor will prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointment for your eyes. You should apply it as directed and use it for as long as instructed, even if your eye appears to be looking better. You should also listen to the doctor about how to avoid spreading the pink eye to anyone else. After all, nobody enjoys having eye infections.