Many say that eye pain and red eyes can be transmitted through gaze. Eye pain that is usually characterized by red eyes and vision function does not decrease, such as conjunctivitis often mentioned can be contagious if you stare directly with the sufferer. So, is it true that eye pain is transmitted through gaze? Check out the answer here.
Is it true if eye pain is transmitted from eye contact?
Generally, red eye and eye pain are signs of conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is a condition when there is inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) that lines the eyelids and covers the white part of the eyeball. That is why, when there is inflammation of the blood vessels in the conjunctiva, the eye becomes red.
This eye infection can be caused by various things, such as viruses, bacteria, allergies, until the entry of substances foreign to the eye. But that must be remembered, does not mean you have to stay away from sufferers of eye pain. Because, red eye pain is not transmitted directly from eye contact with patients, but comes from poor hygiene.
An ophthalmologist and retinal surgery at PGI Cikini Hospital, dr. Gilbert WS Simanjuntak, Sp. M (K) said that the real key to eye and body health is cleanliness, if it really hurts the eyes to spread through the view, he would often be exposed because they deal directly with patients with eye pain.
This is confirmed by the statement from Dr. Jill Swartz, a doctor at GoHealth Urgent Care, who stated that eye pain is contagious because people with eye pain touch their own eyes, then touch other people. As a result there is a viral or bacterial infection that will quickly move to other people, reported from Live Science.
How do you prevent transmission of red eye pain?
Because red eye transmission is caused by not maintaining personal hygiene, then proper prevention methods must also involve hygiene aspects, such as:
- Don't touch your eyes using your hands directly, let alone rub them, you should use a tissue or a clean handkerchief
- Avoid sharing personal items, such as bath towels with other people
- For people with red eye, you should first remove cosmetic products, especially those that can come into contact with your eyes
- Always wash your hands before and after holding something because when holding something it is possible that your hands will be exposed to so many viruses and bacteria
- Avoid sharing your cosmetics, contact lenses, or personal eye care items
- Always remove contact lenses at night and follow the instructions for using lens cleaning
- Try to always keep your glasses clean
- Always wear swimming goggles every time you swim and you should not swim first if you have an eye infection.
What is the right treatment if you have red eye pain?
About half of those with conjunctiva can recover within two weeks without medical treatment. Usually, doctors will only prescribe eye drops containing decongestants or antihistamines to relieve irritation and swelling.
Treatment with eye drops
The use of antibiotics, according to Medical News Today, cannot cure red eyes too much if the cause comes from a viral infection, even if the cause is bacterial, treatment with antibiotics will take one month. Some studies show that only 1 in 10 sufferers can recover with antibiotics.
A more common treatment is given, namely eye drops containing antihistamines. But in some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed if the symptoms that occur are severe or have lasted for more than two weeks.
The dose of eye drops depends on the type. In addition to eye drops, ointments are also commonly used if conjunctival eye pain occurs in infants and children. It is important to know, the vision of some people can become opaque after using eye drops. That is why, make sure you don't plan to do things that endanger yourself and others after doing this treatment.
Aside from routine prescription from a doctor, you should also accompany yourself by taking care yourself to relieve symptoms and speed up recovery, namely:
- Avoid using contact lenses temporarily, at least until antibiotic treatment is completed about 24 hours later. If you want to use contact lenses again, you should discard and replace the lens, as well as washing water
- Using a handkerchief or small towel soaked in warm water can help compress the eyes to reduce itching and eye irritation. Do it several times a day and gently wipe the closed eyes.
- Routine hand washing can help prevent the spread of infection.
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