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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (cont.)

Can pink eye be prevented?

The single most important way to prevent a contagious pink eye is to wash hands frequently. Unfortunately, once a viral conjunctivitis begins in one eye, it is likely the other eye will become affected soon after as there is an incubation period in which the virus can spread prior to the onset of symptoms. In spite of this, it is still a good idea to practice good hygiene by minimizing exposure to the affected eye's tears and secretions. This means in addition to frequent hand washing, you should avoid eye rubbing, consider changing your pillowcase and towels daily, and dispose of any tissues that come into contact with the eye. Ask your doctor if you should dispose of contact lenses and cases or eye makeup.

Medically reviewed by William Baer, MD; Board Certified Ophthalmology


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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/11/2015

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