I have encountered a lot of people being infected with viral conjunctivitis. The following is a health advisory from the Department of Health. Hand hygiene (hand washing with soap and water or use of hand sanitizer, best is still 70 % isopropyl alcohol) is the basic precaution for all common diseases .
Sore Eyes is a term often used for viral conjunctivitis
Incubation period or time from exposure to onset of symptoms: 5 -12 days
Mode of Transmission
• Direct contact by one’s eyes with hands contaminated with eye secretions of an infected person.
• Touching of eyes with hands getting contact with surfaces, instruments, eye solutions, make-ups contaminated with the virus from an infected person.
• Entry of the virus through the eyes by swimming in poorly chlorinated pools.
Signs and Symptoms
• Begins in one eye and later affects both eyes.
• Watery to pus-like discharge.
• Redness of the eye with pain and/or itching sensation.
• Eyelids that are stuck together on awakening.
• In severe cases, pain of the eyes on exposure to sunlight and foreign-body solution.
• There is no specific treatment during the acute phase (1-2 weeks).
• If eye discharge is profuse and pus-like or patient develops blurring of vision or severe pain, consultation with an ophthalmologist is advised.
• Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water.
• Minimize hand-to-eye contact.
• Use only own towels, eye drops, make-ups and applicators, sunglasses or eye glasses.
• Wear eye/sunglasses on a windy day to protect one’s eyes from foreign particles
• Avoid crowded places.
• Disinfect surfaces, doorknobs, counters, elevator buttons and hand rails with dilute bleach solution.
• Clothes, towels, pillow cases and anything else which may have come in contact with an infected person should be washed
HEALTH ADVISORY, National Center for Health Promotion, National Center for Disease Prevention and Control. Department of Health