How to Prevent Pinkeye and Other Eye-Related Illnesses


Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, caused by a virus or bacteria is contagious and can easily be spread from person to person. If you or someone in your family has pink eye or any other eye-related illness, there are steps to follow to help prevent spreading it.

  1. Use warm water and soap to wash your hands regularly.
  2. Do not rub or touch your eye.
  3. Don’t leave discharge sitting in the corner of your eye. Instead, use a clean, warm washcloth to wipe away discharge. Be sure to wash your hands with soap afterward and use a clean washcloth each time. Each time you do this, the washcloth must be washed in hot water with detergent.
  4. If you use ointment or eye drops, wash your hands after each application.
  5. Wash sheets, pillowcases, washcloths, and towels in hot water with detergent. After you handle these items, wash your hands with soap.
  6. Do not share towels, washcloths, or pillows with anyone who has pinkeye or an eye-related illness.
  7. If you wear glasses, clean them regularly. Do not use a towel or cloth that will be shared with others.
  8. Do not share make-up brushes, make-up, sunglasses, or contact lens cases.
  9. Do not bathe young children together and do not go to a swimming pool.

If you follow the above hygiene tips, you can help prevent spreading eye-related illnesses.

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