Conjunctivitis Remains an “In” Eye Problem this Rainy Season
by EO Executive Optical | July 16, 2015 at 08:53am

Sunglasses for sale in the Philippines will soon drizzle in profit as the summer season ends. This is obvious after tropical storm “Egay” and typhoon Falcon enhanced by southwest monsoon battered Luzon and certain parts of Visayas by heavy downpours. Remember that our defense doesn’t lie solely on rain gears (e. g., umbrella, plastic boots, and raincoat). Our body’s immune system needs a boost to fight against illnesses or diseases occur during the rainy season.

One of the most prevalent health problems this monsoon or rainy season is conjunctivitis. It is sometimes called “pink eye” or “sore eyes”. WebMD defines it as “an inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin clear tissue that lies over the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid.” It is an irritating eye condition that tempts us to scratch our eyes out to lessen the itchiness and the soreness (just kidding).

But did you know there are different types of conjunctivitis besides its common trait of redness of the eyes and the annoying discharge? So it is safe to say that we should not treat all eye sores as equal. Below is a basic description of each type:

Bacterial Conjunctivitis
This is the most common of all pink eyes and AllAboutVision says it is caused by various strains of bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The eyes excrete a thick discharge called pus because of this condition. It is usually treated by antibiotics or eye drops and takes a week or two to heal.

Giant papillary conjunctivitis
Those who wear contact lenses can have this condition where both eyes are affected. Eye doctors may advice the patient to stop wearing the lens or prescribe a new pair because bacteria had already infected the current eye piece. The symptoms are just the same as the bacterial conjunctivitis.

Allergic conjunctivitis
Based on the name itself, it is caused by certain allergens like pollens or dust mites. It doesn’t result to discharge but itchiness on the eyes is experienced. Either the patient should stay away from these allergens or always bring eye drops to relieve the itch.

Viral conjunctivitis
It is an airborne disease that can be contracted through sneezing or coughing; a contagious type of conjunctivitis which starts from one eye then spreads to the other. It usually heals by itself through the eyes’ secretion of antibodies. But to lessen the irritation, the patient may use eye drops and antihistamines.

Neonatal conjunctivitis
It is a fatal eye condition because newborn babies are the primary targets. Neonatal conjunctivitis is caused by sexually transmitted disease (STD) transmitted by the mother while the child is in the womb. It may be treated by antibiotics but it is better if the expecting mom, should she suspect that she has an STD, must consult her physician immediately for the sake of her soon-to-be-born child.

Schedule an eye check-up if the common treatments don’t work or it aggravates the condition. Also, practice the following to prevent it from worsening:
1. Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes.
2. Don’t share personal items such as eyeglasses, contact lens, towels or hankies.
3. Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing.
4. Wash your hands often.
5. Don’t use eye cosmetics when you’re still suffering from pink eye.

You will be also advised not to go to school or work because this condition is quite contagious.
And maybe, you still might go on a trip to a sunglasses store which is more likely be still on sale in the Philippines for your protection.

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