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Today’s topic is about the best way to prevent sore eyes or pink eye! The medical term for a pink eye is called
conjunctivitis. It’ also called sore eyes here in the Philippines. And this happens when the white of your eye
or your conjunctiva becomes inflammed. There are a lot of types of conjunctivitis
but most of us are concerned about the infectious type. The infectious type also have another symptom
which is an eye discharge. This discharge can be a colorless fluid but
in some patients they may note that it can be yellowish, whitish, or greyish in color. So before we answer what is the single most
effective way to prevent a pink eye, you need to know how you can get one in the first place. Conjunctivitis is caused by a microorganism
which can be either a virus or a bacteria which can only come from a patient suffering
from sore eyes. When a patient rubs his or her eyes and he
touches you. And you touch that body part with your hands. The only single step remaining
to transfer the microorganism from your hands to your eyes is by touching or rubbing it. In the same vein, when a patient touches his
or her eyes and touches an object that you are bound to touch, like a glass of water
or a plate or any surface like a table that he touches, you will get the infection once
you touch it with your hands. Also if you rub your own eyes with that hand,
you will transfer the microorganism and thus, you can also get the infection.
So, this is how we are going to answer, what is the single most effective way to prevent
the transmission of sore eyes. The answer is simply to wash your hands with
a mild soap and water. Remember I did say mild soap!
Because I am trying to discourage you from using antibacterial or alcohol because although
they may be effective in the short term, once you use alcohol very frequently to disinfect
your hands, you end up drying them. And this can be a secondary cause of infection.
Also, you do not get sore eyes by staring at a patient, so you don’t really need to
wear any protective eyeglasses. Just remember that handwashing is very important
in the prevention of sore eyes especially if you have a patient in your household. And I’m Dr. Zero Mella, thank you, thank you,
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