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Does keeping eye closed help a case of conjunctivitis?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology

In brief: No

In fact, using the eye may help a little.
Normal blinking and tearing can help remove excess germs from the surface of the eye. So by keeping the eye open, you may actually be reducing the number of days that the infection lasts. At the very least, it will not worsen the condition, so do not bother keeping your eyes closed.

In brief: No

In fact, using the eye may help a little.
Normal blinking and tearing can help remove excess germs from the surface of the eye. So by keeping the eye open, you may actually be reducing the number of days that the infection lasts. At the very least, it will not worsen the condition, so do not bother keeping your eyes closed.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology

In brief: Not really

Conjunctivitis is a symptom of an underlying problem. If keeping the eye closed is more comfortable then that is ok but there is no real need.
Sometime things like a corneal abrasion which causes eye redness can be help with patching but in general, it's best to keep the eye open.

In brief: Not really

Conjunctivitis is a symptom of an underlying problem. If keeping the eye closed is more comfortable then that is ok but there is no real need.
Sometime things like a corneal abrasion which causes eye redness can be help with patching but in general, it's best to keep the eye open.
Dr. David Kira
Dr. David Kira
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