Viral Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva. It may occur in one or both eyes and is highly contagious. It increases in certain seasons.
- A variety of viruses can be responsible.
- Incubation period between 2-14 days.
- All ages may be susceptible and may affected.
- It frequently occurs in areas where large groups of people gathered like school, shopping malls, housing compounds
The disease transmits by:
- Respiratory tract to eye (sneezing, coughing)
- Hand shake
- Contaminated surfaces and items
- Sharing of towels, pillowcases, cosmetics, etc.
- Public swimming pools
- Finger to eye
Signs and symptoms
- Tearing and discharge.
- Painful and foreign body sensation.
- Swollen and red Conjunctiva.
- Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
- Blurred vision.
- Puffy eyelids.
- Cold compresses.
- Ocular lubricants for comfort.
- Contact lenses wearers should remove lenses until signs and symptoms resolve.
- It is advisable to clean tables, door handles, chairs, bathrooms, etc., with Clorox diluted with water
- Add Chlorine to swimming pools.
- Chang pillowcases and towels.