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How To Treat And Prevent Eye Irritations And Infections

Eye irritations and infections can be very annoying. They can make seeing and focusing nearly impossible, while also giving you pain and irritation you weren't expecting. They can be unsightly when you have oozing or crusting, which can make you want to stay home and away from everyone. If you have eye irritation or an eye infection, they need to be treated in order to prevent them from worsening. Read on for tips to both treat and prevent these issues.

Treating Eye Irritations And Infections

Eye infections should be treated by your optometrist. If you have oozing or crustiness coming from the eye that is yellow or even green in color, you should visit your optometrist for help. Your optometrist can diagnose you with an eye infection if necessary and treat it as needed. Eye infections can be contagious and can easily spread from one person to the next. If you have an eye infection, especially smaller children, you should stay home and be sure to wash your hands often to prevent spreading it further or spreading it to others. An optometrist will examine your eyes and give you a proper diagnosis. Medicated eye drops may be given in order to treat the infection. Minor eye irritations can be treated at home using a warm washcloth as a compress and over-the-counter pain medication. Be sure not to wear any eye makeup to prevent the eye irritation from worsening, and also not wearing your contact lenses until fully healed.

Preventing Eye Irritations And Infections

Prevent eye irritations and infections in the first place by washing your hands often and not touching your eyes with dirty hands. Be sure not to take your contact lenses out with dirty hands ever and always clean your lenses before and after you take them out. Never sleep in makeup, and always wash your face before you go to bed at night to wash away any eye makeup you may still have on. Clean your eye makeup brushes often with a makeup brush cleaner, or replace them often. Don't share makeup brushes or other eye makeup products, and also don't share eyeglasses or contact lenses with others.

Eye irritations and infections can occur throughout your lifetime, be sure you take the time to have them treated properly and do what you can to prevent these issues. Talk to a local optometrist about other tips to prevent these eye issues and what you can do to treat them.