Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is the inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, the transparent membrane that lines the eyelid and white part of the eyeball. Inflamed blood vessels turn pink or red, which makes them more noticeable. The good news is, the condition does not affect your vision, although it can be irritating and contagious.
Conjunctivitis is caused by inflammation, infection, or allergic reaction. Bacteria can enter the eye through rubbing, contaminated fluid, or a foreign object touching the eye.
Both viruses and bacteria can lead to conjunctivitis. If someone with conjunctivitis touches their eye and comes in contact with someone else or with objects other people may touch, an unsuspecting person may pick up the infection and develop pink eye. It is spread easily.
Conjunctivitis can be irritating, and you may have to isolate yourself for a while due to its contagiousness. Therefore, it’s best if you prevent the onset of pink eye altogether. Here are some effective tips to prevent conjunctivitis:
By following these tips, you can lower your risk and prevent the onset of conjunctivitis.