Common Eye Infections

Our eyes enable us to witness life’s beauty and do the things we enjoy. However, this fragile gift can be threatened by eye infections, an often underestimated and overlooked health concern.

Maybe your eyes are itchy and they’re starting to turn a shade of pink. Could it be an infection, you wonder? Your doctor can make the final call, but there are key signs to watch for that can give you clues. Some of them may include:

  • Red eyes
  • Itching or irritation
  • Eye pain
  • Watery eyes
  • Swelling
  • Discharge (yellow, sticky pus) from your eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Fever

What is the cause?

Eye infections can be caused by various factors, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. They can be transmitted through direct contact with infected individuals, contaminated surfaces, or inadequate hygiene practices. Additionally, external factors such as pollution, allergens, and foreign bodies can also contribute to eye infections.

Just like they say, prevention is key.

Preventing eye infections begins with adopting good hygiene practices. Here are some essential steps to protect your eyes:

Hand Hygiene:

Regularly wash your hands with soap and water, especially before touching your eyes or applying any eye-related products.

Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes:

While it may provide temporary relief, rubbing your eyes can introduce harmful bacteria or irritants, increasing the risk of infection.

Practice Safe Contact Lens Habits:

If you wear contact lenses, follow proper cleaning and disinfection techniques. Ensure you store them in sterile solutions and never share them with others.

Protect Your Eyes:

Wear protective eyewear, such as goggles or sunglasses, in situations where your eyes are at risk of exposure to foreign particles, chemicals, or ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Maintain a Clean Environment:

Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces, such as eyeglasses, eye makeup tools, and eye drops containers, to prevent contamination.

Our eyes are precious, and it is our responsibility to protect them from infections:  

In Nigeria, where a significant number of people are affected by eye infections, it becomes even more important to prioritise eye health and spread awareness about prevention and management strategies. Let us embrace the power of knowledge and take proactive steps to protect our eyes.

If you suspect an eye infection, seek professional medical advice immediately.

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