Have you ever had red, itchy eyes? If so, then don’t scratch them. You might have sore eyes.
Medically called “conjunctivitis”, sore eyes involve inflammation of the eyeball and inner eyelid. It caused by different things but usually, it’s brought on by a viral, bacterial or allergy infection. Although it’s not lethal, it is extremely contagious and can spread by eye to hand to eye contact.
When left untreated, sore eyes can lead to scarring of the cornea which can affect vision and cause glaring. But thankfully, sore eyes are easily detectable because of their indiscreet symptoms. The common signs of sore eyes are:
- Redness of the eyes
- Eye discomfort
- A burning sensation in the eyes
- A gritty sensation inside the eyelids
- Sensitivity to light (Photophobia)
- Eye pain
- Water-like discharge from the eyes
- Difficulty opening the eyes after sleeping
- Crusty formations on the eyelids
Once you have sore eyes, the best thing to do is to visit your ophthalmologist to have your eyes checked right away. When it comes to caring for the eyes, being diagnosed earlier and getting started on a treatment regimen is necessary. Usually, sore eyes would need antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops which would have to be applied on the eyes at set intervals throughout the day.
There are also several things you can do to help soothe your eyes. One of them is applying a warm compress on your eyes for 5-10 minutes three times a day. Also, in order to lessen discomfort when opening your eyes in the morning, you can clean and lubricate your eyelids using a clean paper towel soaked in distilled water. And finally, remember that due to its contagious nature, stay at home when you have sore eyes. It’s a huge inconvenience when everyone at the office starts getting it.
Keep in mind that sore eyes are preventable. There are plenty of things you could do to prevent sore eyes. Make sure to observe these habits to keep sore eyes at bay:
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly.
- Avoid touching your face and your eyes whenever you haven’t washed your hands yet.
- Do not share towels, eyewear and cosmetics.
- If you or someone you live with has sore eyes, make sure to disinfect all surfaces in common areas such as the living room, kitchen, etc.
If you have sore eyes, or if you think you might have sore eyes, remember to head to the nearest Palm Beach Eye Center to get your eyes checked.