The number of conjunctivitis cases is increasing. Dr Ajay Sharma, MD, Eye Q Super Speciality Eye Hospital tells you the proper way to take care of your eyes and how to keep eye infections at bay
Conjunctiva, a clear and thin membrane covers the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. Conjunctivitis is the soaring of the conjunctiva.
The most important thing is that flu or conjunctivitis does not spread by looking into the eyes of the affected person. But one should avoid being in physical contact with the affected person.
The scorching sun in summers can be one of the causes of bacterial conjunctivitis because bacteria multiply in summers. Bacterial conjunctivitis can come with any viral infection like fever, viral cold or flu. Both types of infections are contagious.
The introduction of bacterial microorganisms into the eye can be one of the reasons of catching the infection. These microorganisms may be transmitted to the eye by contaminated hands, washclothes or towels, cosmetics (particularly eye makeup), false eyelashes or wearing the contacts for extended hours.
Another reason could be offenders like air pollutants, smoke, soap, hair spray, makeup, chlorine or cleaning fluids. Some people even have a seasonal allergic response to grass and other pollens that can cause conjunctivitis.Uncontrolled infection in the eyes can even affect the cornea of the eye and result in diminished vision. One should not at all take self medication in any case.
It may take a few days or about two weeks for most types of conjunctivitis to clear. Conjunctivitis is just like any other viral and will clear only after completing its cycle. Diagnosis Diagnosis consists of physical examination of the eye. What the doctor suggests to 'wait out' the eye flu. "It might take about a week to completely recover from conjunctivitis.
Although many kinds of conjunctivitis/ flu are hard to prevent but measures can be taken to decrease the risk of reacquiring or spreading the infection: