A sight for sore eyes is one thing, but a sight with sore eyes is another.
Sore eyes, or conjunctivitis, can be serious enough to prevent you from getting a clear view of everything around you. If you suffer from an attack of sore eyes, here are things that you can do to relieve the pain and irritation.
What Is Conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis is an infection characterized by irritation of the outer parts of the eye, particularly the inner eyelids. The inflammation may spread itself to parts of the outer eyelids and the corneas. People suffering from sore eyes usually have very red, itchy, irritated eyes. Conjunctivitis is also a contagious illness, and can be passed around through direct contact with a handkerchief, towelette, or a piece of tissue paper.
Causes of Sore Eyes
Sore eyes can be transmitted in three ways:
Bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria that enter the eye, causing redness and irritation. Some cases of bacterial conjunctivitis may cause pus discharge and other complications.
Viral conjunctivitis causes the eye to turn very red. The disease is also known as “pink eye”.
Chemical conjunctivitis is caused by allergens or other toxic chemicals (like soap, shampoo, or rubbing alcohol) irritating the sensitive areas of the outer eye.
Bacterial conjunctivitis, and some cases of viral conjunctivitis, can be cured with eyedrops or ointment specifically formulated to treat sore eyes. The active ingredient in most eye antibiotics is chloramphenicol, although ointments made with fusidic acid also work. You may want to consult your doctor if you’re going to take these over-the-counter medications for a prolonged period of time. To increase the effectiveness of the medication, you may need to take in some over-the-counter antibiotics to cure the infection.
The good news is that most cases of viral conjunctivitis will heal themselves through time, although you really have to be quick on your feet for cases of chemical conjunctivitis. Here are some home remedies you can try to cure your sore eyes.
Water flush. If your sore eyes are caused by chemical irritation, flush your eyes with clean tap water immediately.
Warm compresses can help inhibit the growth and reproduction of viruses that cause viral conjunctivitis. To prevent damage to your eyes, wrap the hot water bottle in thicker towels than what you would usually use for a hot compress.
Sore eyes can be irritating, painful, and unsightly. With these tips to help you get rid of your sore eyes, you can see the world – and the world can see you – with the best look and view possible.