“Pink eye” is a term that may sound scary, but this common eye problem typically is easily treated and, with a few simple precautions, can often be avoided.

Pink Eye Prevention

 Here are 10 simple precautions you can take to significantly reduce your risk of getting pink eye:

  1. Never share personal items such as washcloths, hand towels, or tissues.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, and avoid rubbing or touching your eyes.
  3. Never (EVER) share your contact lenses.
  4. Wash your hands frequently, especially when spending time at school or in other public places.
  5. Keep a hand disinfectant handy and use it frequently.
  6. Frequently clean surfaces such as countertops, bathroom vanities, faucet handles, and shared phones with an appropriate antiseptic cleaner.
  7.  If you know you suffer from seasonal allergies, ask your doctor what can be done to minimize your symptoms before they begin.
  8. If you wear contacts, be sure to follow your eye doctor’s instructions for lens care and replacement, use your contact lens solutions properly or consider switching to a daily disposable lens
  9. When swimming, wear swim goggles to protect yourself from bacteria and other microorganisms in the water that can cause conjunctivitis.
  10. Before showering, using a hot tub, or being in water of any kind, remove your contact lenses to avoid trapping bacteria between your eyes and the lenses.

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