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Inflammation of the Eye

Synonyms: Conjunctivitis

By Bjarne Lühr Hansen PhD, MD and Philipp Skafte-Holm MD, Mentor Institute

A lot of adults are infected by children with inflammation of the eye. This is especially true for parents to small children, kindergarten teachers, child-minders and schoolteachers.

Inflammation of the eye with children is often caused by a virus but with adults it is more often bacteria and therefore, most adults with inflammation of the eye are treated with eye drops of antibiotics. Inflammation of the eye appears by the eye becoming red, painful and sensitive to light. Later, pus may appear in the eyes.

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Inflammation of the eye is contagious. Therefore, remember to wash your hands.

What can you do?

Seek a doctor if the eye is red. If the eye is not red but just filled with pus and sticky, you can bathe the eye in sterile saltwater that can be bought at the pharmacy.

What can your optician do?
The optician can refer you to a doctor. The doctor can evaluate whether your contact lenses function optimally.

Contact the doctor tomorrow

The doctor can prescribe eye drops of antibiotics and the doctor can graft for bacteria and virus to determine the infection.

Contact the doctor immediately

It is only necessary to seek an ophthalmologist if repeated treatments with your own doctor have not helped.