AUGUST 1, 2023

If you suspect you have eye flu, visit an ophthalmologist or optometrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before touching your eyes.

Applying a warm, damp cloth to your closed eyelids can help soothe the discomfort and reduce crusting. Make sure the cloth is clean and not shared with others.

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Your doctor may prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointments if the cause of the infection is bacterial. Follow their instructions on how to apply them properly.

If you wear contact lenses, avoid using them until the infection clears up. Switch to glasses instead, and ensure your lenses are thoroughly disinfected before using them again.

If you need to use eye drops or ointments, be careful not to touch the tip of the bottle or tube to your eye. This helps prevent contamination.

If your eye produces discharge, use a clean, moist cotton ball or pad to gently clean around the eye. Wipe from the inside corner to the outside to prevent the spread of infection.

Avoid sharing towels, pillows, makeup, or any other personal items that may come into contact with your eyes.

Give your eyes enough time to rest and avoid straining them. Avoid bright lights if they bother you during the infection.

Avoid exposure to smoke, dust, and other potential irritants that may worsen your symptoms.

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