Avoid Eye Infections With These 5 Tips
When germs or bacteria come into contact with the tissues surrounding your eyes, an eye infection can develop. A lot of the more common eye infections invade the cornea, which is the clear front surface of your eyeball, while others affect the conjunctiva (the membrane lining your inner eyelid and outer eye).
The symptoms of eye infections include redness, itchiness, dryness and sensitivity, but most can be easily treated and even avoided. In this blog, the eye care team at Uptown Eye Specialists highlights key tips for avoiding eye infections and keeping your vision healthy.
1. Wash Your Hands Regularly
Washing your hands before putting in contacts, applying eye drops, or touching your eyes is your best defense against eye infections. Make sure to lather the soap on moistened hands, including between the fingers and on the backs of your hands.
Cleaning your hands thoroughly takes between 30 and 60 seconds. This added measure can also reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, which may occur when you touch your eyes with infected hands.
2. Take Proper Care of Your Contact Lenses
Wearing contact lenses can increase your risk of developing an eye infection if you don’t take care of them properly. In addition to maintaining high hygiene standards, you should observe the following precautions:
3. Remove Eye Makeup Before Bedtime
Before you go to bed, remove your eye makeup. If you sleep with eye makeup on, you greatly increase your risk of developing blepharitis. An inflammatory eye infection, blepharitis causes redness, itching, blurred vision, and a feeling of foreign bodies in your eyes. No matter how tired you are, take a few extra minutes to apply eye makeup remover before you go to sleep.
4. Don’t Share Cosmetics and Personal Care Items
Never share your cosmetics or other personal care products like sponges or towels with anyone. To reduce your risk of contracting an eye infection in particular, don’t loan your eye makeup or any other eye care products to anyone, even if they’re part of your household.
Should you ever develop an eye infection, it’s a good idea to get rid of any eye shadow, brushes, or mascara you applied just before you noticed symptoms.
5. Keep Your Hands Away From Your Eyes
We often touch our eyes unconsciously, but it can be worth it to pay more attention. Your hands regularly come in contact with doorknobs, elevator buttons, and stair railing, all common touch surfaces that can carry germs. If there’s no time to wash your hands after touching, apply hand sanitizer instead.
Do You Have Questions About Avoiding Eye Infections?
Keeping your eyes healthy and free of infection can require you to take some precautions, but they’re worth it. Should you develop an infection, visit your eye doctor as soon as possible, as prompt treatment can limit the duration and severity of your symptoms. For more information about eye health in general, please visit the Uptown Eye Specialists website and subscribe to our newsletter.