Don’t you just hate it when you wake up in the morning with mattering in the eyes?
Eye irritations don’t need any introduction. Some days we reach our homes with a very irritated and red eyes. It keeps on itching and you feel miserable as you can’t scratch the area. Conjunctiva is a transparent membrane that lines the eyelids and outer eye and any irritation and inflammation of it causes Conjunctivitis. Bacteria, virus, chemical irritants from smoke to shampoo and allergens from dust or pollen can lead to eye irritation. And that’s when you shut yourself out from the public and stay with goggles all the time. Those are happy times when you don’t have to go to school nor read at home. Any inflammation caused by (seasonal) allergens is called allergic conjunctivitis which is not contagious. If the reason for pink eye or conjunctivitis is an infection, then it is contagious.
- Redness and pain in the eye.
- Thick pus in the corner of the eye after sleep.
- Watery eyes.
- Blurred vision
- A feeling of having something inside the eyes.
Prevention and Care
- Allergic Conjunctivitis usually goes away on its own once the allergen is gone. So keep your eyes clean with a soft sterile cotton ball dipped in pure water. Discard the cotton immediately.
- Stay away from swimming pools and tap water if you have red eyes.
- Take over-the-counter medications when necessary.
- Use hot or cold compress. A cold compress will help the itching while a warm compress help you with redness.
- Do not share towels and clothes. Wash them separately.
- To prevent allergic conjunctivitis, keep your eyes protected from dust and debris.
- Wash your hands well before you touch your eyes.
- Dust and vacuum your home and work place well. To avoid seasonal pollens, keep your doors and windows closed. And use home air filters.
- Do not share eye make-up, wash cloths or pillows. Discard make-up which you might have used while having conjunctivitis.
- Find out what triggered off the irritation and stay away from it.
Into your warm compress, you may add a few drops of aromatherapy oils like Lavender oil or Chamomile oil to promote healing. Euphrasia 6c is a homeopathic ingredient that can impart health and brightness to your eyes. Pulsatilla 30c can take care of the gummy discharge and swelling.