The recommended treatment for conjunctivitis will depend on whether it’s caused by infection, an allergic reaction or an irritant such as a stray eyelash. Most cases of infective conjunctivitis do not require medical treatment and will clear up in one to two weeks. If the symptoms last more than two weeks, you must visit our office immediately.
Practicing good hygiene can help prevent the spread of infectious conjunctivitis. You should:
- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid touching your eyes with your hands.
- Avoid reusing towels, washcloths, handkerchiefs and tissues to wipe your face and eyes.
- Change your pillowcase frequently.
- Replace your eye cosmetics regularly with new ones, and do not share them with other people.
- Always clean your contact lenses?properly. In the case of disposable contacts, follow the instructions on the box and dispose when advised.