Also known as conjunctivitis, sore eyes is manifested in redness and inflammation of the membranes (conjunctiva) covering the whites of the eyes and the membranes in the inner part of the eyelids.
Incubation period or time from exposure to onset of symptoms is usually 5-12 days.
- Virus Infection (Adenovirus)
Mode of Transmission
Direct contact with hands contaminated with eyes secretions of an infected person; touching eyes with hands gettin in contact with surface, instruments, eye solutions, or make-ups contaminated with the virus, or by swimming in poorly chlorinated pools.
Signs and Symptoms
- Begins in one eye and may later affect both eyes
- Watery to pus-like discharge
- Redness of the eye with pain and/or itching sensation
- Eyelids that are stuck together upon waking up
- In severe cases, pain of the eyes upon exposure to sunlight and foreign-body solution
- There is no specific treatment during the acute phase (1-2 weeks)
- If eye discharge is profuse and pus-like or patient develops blurring of vision or severe pain, consult with an Ophthalmologist
- Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water
- Minimize hand-to-eye contact
- Use only own towels, eye drops, make-ups and applicators, sunglasses, or eye glasses
- Wear sunglasses on windy days to protect one’s eyes from foreign particles
- Avoid crowded places
- Disinfect with dilute bleach solution surfaces, doorknobs, counters, elevator buttons and handrails.
- Wash clothes, towels, pillow cases and anything else which may have come in contact with an infected person.
http://www.doh.ph (Health Advisory on Sore Eyes)