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How do I manage my viral eye infections on a daily basis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Managing a viral eye infection is often simply a case of staying home and limiting contact with others while the disease runs its course. This is easier said than done of course; particularly since an infection like conjunctivitis can take several weeks to fully clear up. In the meantime, you'll need to limit irritation to the infected eye or eyes. For example, if you wear contact lenses normally, you shouldn't wear them while you have an infection, and make sure you clean the lenses and case thoroughly before you start wearing them again.

Seeing a doctor early on after viral eye infection symptoms begin can provide you with treatment to ease the symptoms. In the case of pink eye, a diagnosis can also protect others from developing an infection since you'll know to stay home and avoid contact with others until the infection clears up. If the infection turns out to be more serious than pink eye, starting long-term treatment early will help limit your symptoms.

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