Can I prevent bacterial eye infections?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Yes, you can prevent bacterial eye infections. By following good hygiene and not rubbing your eyes, you can prevent bacteria from entering your eyes. Properly caring for contact lenses is also important because bacteria can enter the eye through wearing contact lenses. Be sure to wash your hands after you touch your infected eye, or after you come into contact with someone with a bacterial eye infection. Bacterial eye infections can easily spread from person to person.

Treating the infection with medications, such as antibiotics, is highly effective. Early treatment and detection is essential to curing your bacterial eye infection and reducing potentially serious complications.

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