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How Is Pink Eye Contracted
Contagious!: Most "pink eye" in adults is a viral infection, caught from someone else with pink eye, or something that person touched! good hand washing, separate towels, and keeping your hands away from your eyes is essential. Lubricating eye drops can help. Antibiotic eye drops rarely help (although often requested). There are uncommon but serious causes of "red eye", so see your md for worsening symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually manageable: Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is very rare after LASIK. The bacterial type is prevented by the strong antibiotics used, usually 4th generation fluoroquinolones. The viral type is less dangerous. If a patient has had LASIK more than a month prior to pink eye, she is unlikely to have problems. Even in the short term, pink eye can be managed with abx, iodine solution, and sometimes steroids ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See his pediatrician: You should be seen by your pediatrician to verify the diagnosis of pink eye and receive proper treatment based on cause (bacterial, chemical, viral). Most commonly, this is transmitted by exposure to the virus or bacteria (touching) and then rubbing the eye. It is common and usually quite easily treated! Make that appointment. ...Read more
No need: Your eye is efficient at washing itself out and any excess fluid in the eye will either go over the cheek with the next blink or pass down the plumbing that connects the lining of the eye with the nose. So you don't need to wash it out unless it is irritating. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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