Steps To Take To Help Prevent Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

According to the National Eye Institute; about 3 million cases of pink eye occur in the United States each year.

There are two types of Conjunctivitis: infectious (viral and bacterial) and allergic. Allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious. However, viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are highly contagious and can be easily spread from person to person. If you or someone around you has viral or bacterial conjunctivitis, limit its spread by following these steps according to the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. And wash up immediately if you’ve touched an affected person’s eyes, linens or clothes. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes.
  • If you have conjunctivitis, wash any discharge from around the eyes several times a day. If you happen to contract conjunctivitis on both eyes, use two separate wash cloths to gently wash out each eye with warm water.
  • Do not use the same eye drop dispenser/bottle for infected and non-infected eyes, even for the same person.
  • Avoid sharing articles like towels, blankets, and pillowcases.
  • Clean your eyeglasses.
  • Clean, store, and replace your contact lenses as instructed by your eye health professional.
  • Do not share eye makeup, face makeup, makeup brushes, contact lenses or containers, or eyeglasses.


There are also steps you can take to avoid re-infection once the infection goes away:

  • Throw away any eye or face makeup or applicators you used while infected.
  • Throw away contact lens solutions you used while infected.
  • Throw away contact lenses and cases you used.
  • Clean your eyeglasses and cases.

It is difficult to verify the cleanliness of eyelids and eyelashes to help prevent eye infections.  i-Chek can help you make sure your eyes and eyelids are free from debris to help you avoid contracting an infection. i-Chek provides high magnification and ultra-high definition to allow you to administer a beneficial eye exam at home.