Conjunctivitis popularly known as Apollo is the redness (inflammation) of the transparent membrane covering the white of the eyes caused by infections (which may be bacterial or viral), allergies (to substances such as pollen) or irritants(such as smoke or certain chemicals).
It may affect one or both eyes and it can spread easily from one eye to the other.
Its symptoms include:
– Redness and/or itchiness of the eyes
– A gritty feeling or burning sensation in the eyes.
– Watery/sticky discharge from the eyes which may form crust at night during sleep making eye opening difficult.
Most conjunctivitis usually caused by viral infections will clear within a week or two, there is currently no treatment available for viral conjunctivitis.
Eye drops containing Anti-histamines and other anti-inflammation drugs may be prescribed to treat allergic conjunctivitis while antibiotic eyedrops or ointments may be prescribed for bacterial conjunctivitis.
The spread of conjunctivitis can be prevented by practicing good hygiene:
1. Regular hand washing
2. Use of clean towels.
3. Avoiding sharing of towels.
4. Avoiding sharing of eye cosmetics
5. Avoiding touching your eyes
Now that we’ve learnt some new facts about “Apollo” and its prevention, Let’s all take the necessary steps to prevent its spread.