Over a million people in the US suffer from some type of eye infection each year. Most of these infections can be avoided by following proper hygiene. Also, through correct identification, many can be treated at home.
We will help you identify and treat the 3 most common eye infections, which don’t threaten your vision, but can be extremely irritating and painful. As the adage goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure’, don’t miss our bonus to know how you can avoid getting infected altogether.
Conjunctivitis or pink eye is a highly contagious infection that manifests itself in the form of inflammation of the outer layer of the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelid. In almost 65% of cases conjunctivitis gets cured without treatment in 2 to 5 days and treatment deals only with reducing the itchiness of the eyes.
Allergic conjunctivitis: Red or pink eyes, pain, itching
Viral conjunctivitis: Red eyes, periodic itching, increased tears
Bacterial conjunctivitis: Red or pink eyes, dryness of the eyes and the skin around them, eye discharge that may form a crust while sleeping
Causes: Allergens, Virus (mostly among adults), bacteria (mostly among kids)