Tips on How to Care for Common Eye Infections and Injuries

Protecting your eyes from common infections or injuries is an important daily activity. But with school back in session keeping your eyes safe from infection and other injuries takes on a greater emphasis. 

The most common eye infection is conjunctivitis or pink eye.

This issue is caused by an inflammation or swelling of the conjunctiva, which is a thin, transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid. The conjunctiva also covers the white part of your eyes. 

Pink eye is most common in children and certain forms of the disease are highly contagious, which is why it is seen in people who work at or attend, schools and daycares. Pink eye is caused by a bacterial or viral infection and leads to an itching/burning sensation in your eyes, excessive tearing, swelling, or other symptoms. 

Depending on the type of conjunctivitis you may need antibiotics, eye drops, or simply let the disease run its course. 

Common sense hygiene practices can help stop the spread of eye infections like pink eyes, such as washing your hands, changing out washcloths, discarding eye cosmetics, not rubbing your eyes, and not sharing these items with others. 

But in order to safely protect your eyes, it’s important to use proper eye protection when performing chores at home, playing sports, or other activities.

Using safety glasses when performing these tasks can help save your eyes from bruises, scratches, or other more serious eye issues. 

The best way to protect your eyes from infections or injuries is to practice these simple, daily tips throughout the day. If you are in need of professional help following an infection or eye injury, contact Pycraft Family Eye Care, your Wooster family eye care professionals.