- Pain or discomfort
- Itchy eyes
- Feeling that something is in your eye
- Burning of eyes
- Small painful lump under or on the edge of eyelid
- Eyelid is tender
- Eyes won't stop tearing up
- Irritation of eyes
Allergies, bacteria, viruses, chemicals or contact lenses can cause it. Infectious pink eye can spread very easily!
- Seek prompt treatment in Health Services for evaluation by nurse.
- Remove and don't wear contact lenses until symptom free for 3 days. Disinfect non-disposable lenses/Replace disposable lenses before wearing again.
- Cool or warm compresses to eye, will help relieve pain and discomfort.
- Use separate clean cloths for each eye- each time.
- Wash all sheets, towels, and washcloths.
- Wipe away discharge with tissues and promptly discard.
- Don't touch unaffected eye with anything used on affected eye.
- Try wearing sunglasses if light sensitive.
- Don't use eye make-up. Replace present eye make-up.
- Don't share make-up, towels, washcloths, or eye drops.
- Stay out of the pool until symptoms are gone.
See a healthcare provider immediately if
- Eye is painful
- You have vision changes
- Foreign body is suspected
- Frequent hand washing
- Avoid people who have an infection
- Don't share things that others have used on their eyes
If you have a red eye, you should see a doctor or nurse at next availability, not an emergency.
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