Preventing Pink eye
And how to handle contagiousness

The following tips and ideas for preventing pink eye could mean the difference between itchy and pinkish or clear and trouble free eyes. With these ways you'll stand a good chance of preventing pink eye to begin with

We'll also give you some tips om how to handle contagiousness; which means what and what not to do to prevent spreading of your pink eye

Contagiousness and Contamination

preventing pink eye

Both the viral and bacterial pink eye are highly contagious and airborne

So it is relatively easy for your kids to attract it in day care center or at school and for you at work. They or you on the other hand can also spread it, so you'll have to stay inside for a few days preventing pink eye from further spreading

Poor hand washing

Poor hand washing is the main cause of spreading conjunctivitis/ Pink eye

Contact with infected

A child can also get pink eye by even touching a person who's infected or something an infected person has touched, like a used tissue. It can also spread when kids swim in contaminated water or share contaminated towels. Because it is airborne it also can be spread through coughing and sneezing

Self spreading 

If you have conjunctivitis in one eye you can accidentally spread it to the other eye by touching the infected eye and then touching the other one

Stay home

If the conjunctivitis is caused by a virus, you or your child should stay at home and can only return to day care, school, or work when symptoms begin to improve. Typically this will happen in about 3 to 5 days

No antibiotics

No antibiotics or any other medicine are usually used to treat viral pink eye. That's why it's important to prevent the spread of the infection

Return to day care/school 

If the conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria, you or your child can usually return to day care, school, or work 24 hours after a treatment (recommended by your doctor) has been started. That is if the symptoms have improved

No other meds

Never use medication prescribed for someone elseor some you still have left from an old infection. These may not be suitable to treat the new infection or may have been contaminated from other infections by accidental contact between the medicine bottle and infected areas. Before using anything contact your doctor


Although pink eye often gets better without treatment, it can be accompanied by an inflammation of the cornea (the clear part of the eye), which can affect vision

That's why your doctor has to examine you or your child and see what steps to take

Preventing Pink Eye
Don't let it spread

Pink eye or conjunctivitis can in many cases be prevented or at least the course of the ailment can be shortened. If you keep in mind what we mentioned about the possible pink eye causes and contagiousness you could use that information and try to avoid those situations

The following preventing pink eye tips will help you keep it out of the door or speed up the healing process

General prevention rules
What to do for preventing pink eye

preventing pink eye
  • Wash your hands frequently with antiseptic soap and use throw away or single use towels while you or your child suffer from this ailment. All this can prevent the spread of the infection

  • Change your washcloth, pillowcases or anything that can cause re infection more often

  • Disinfect surfaces like sinks, kitchen counter-tops and doorknobs, this can also help prevent the spread of infectious conjunctivitis

  • Wear swim goggles whenever you go swimming. It can prevent both bacterial infections from open water like lakes or the ocean and also from chemical irritation by chlorinated pools

  • When something gets in your eye; you have to get it out. Take your eyelash and pull the upper lid over the lower lid. This will start tearing that helps wash out foreign bodies

What NOT to do for preventing pink eye

  • Avoid touching the corners of your eye or rubbing your eye. Your hand will be contaminated and when you touch the healthy eye you end up with two infected eyes

  • Don't share washcloths, handkerchiefs, tissues or pillowcases with an infected person

  • Don't share cosmetics like eye shadow, eyeliner or mascara. When you used these when you had pink eye replace them to avoid new infections

  • Don't share eye drops

  • Avoid contact like serious physical activities with other persons until symptoms go away

What to keep in mind
about preventing pink eye

  • Shortly after birth, most newborns are treated with a preventative antibiotic application, such as erythromycin ointment

  • If your doctor decides to prescribe medication, finish the course of antibiotics as instructed. This to make sure that the infection is cleared up and does not come back

Preventing allergic pink eye

  • If you or your child are susceptible to allergic conjunctivitis, keep windows and doors closed on pollen heavy day

  • Vacuum and dust frequently to limit the allergy triggers

  • Avoid known allergens

Preventing chemical pink eye

preventing pink eye
  • Irritant or chemical conjunctivitis can only be prevented when you avoid the substances that can cause it. Or be very careful when working with these substances not to get them in the eye

  • Stay in well ventilated areas if you're exposed to smoke, chemicals or fumes

  • If you are in an area where people are welding or doing other activities that can irritate or damage the eyes, use the proper protective eye wear and screens to prevent damaging the eyes

Preventing giant papillary pink eye

  • When wearing contact lenseskeep yourself to the cleaning and handling instructions you learned from your eye care practitioner.This to avoid bacterial contamination of the contact lens, which could spread to the eye

  • Replace any contaminated liquid your lenses have been in contact with

  • Take out your lenses when you enter water like bath tub, pool or any other body of water. This way you avoid trapping bacteria between your eye and the lens

  • Don't wear your lenses when you have pink eye until it has cleared up

Preventing chlamydia pink eye

To prevent chlamydia or any other STD pink eye, practise safe sex

  • Practice safe sex

  • If not, have yourself checked regularly because with some STD's you will not experience any symptoms

Preventing Pink eye
What food to avoid in case of pink eye

  • No sugars - Don't eat refined sugar and starch products like white bread, refined cereals, confectionery etc. Sugar makes the body more acidic, which slows the healing process down. Add to this that bacterial infections do very well in the presence of sugar

  • No strong coffee or tea - It is better not to drink strong coffee or tea

  • Avoid bananas - Although bananas are rich in vitamins and usually a good thing to eat, in case of conjunctivitis it is believed not to do so. This because it is a starchy food and also rich in sugar and salt


Conjunctivitis or pink eye is generally harmless to your sight and doesn't really need emergency treatment. But because it can be highly contagious even up to two weeks after the symptoms show up, it is important to contact your doctor about it. Also to make sure it doesn't develop into a more serious condition which is possible although very remotely

Preventing Pink Eye
With a healthy diet

Spinach & Carrot juice

Spinach and carrot juice have been found valuable in treating conjunctivitis. Mix 200 ml of spinach juice with 300 ml of carrot juice. Pour a glass and drink it. Very healthy conjunctivitis treatment (and prevention)

Parsley & carrot juice

Mix 200 ml of raw parsley juice with 300 ml of carrot juice. Has been very helpful in fighting pink eye from within

Gooseberry juice & Honey

Mix a cup of gooseberry juice with two teaspoons of honey. Drink this twice a day. Gooseberry and honey both have anti viral properties while honey also has an anti bacterial use. This is why they can fight or prevent your conjunctivitis


One of the best ways to steer clear of conjunctivitis or to fight it when you do attract it, is to eat a healthy diet containing the vitamins A and B2.Vitamin A helps your body fight infections. Vitamin B2 among other things is good for your eyes in general and more specific eases the watery discharge from your pink eye

Foods rich in vitamin A

  • Liver
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Butter
  • Carrots
  • Mangoes
  • Spinach
  • Cantaloupe
  • Dried apricots
  • Milk
  • Egg yolk
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Whole milk
  • Yoghurt
  • Pumpkin


Too much vitamin A, no matter from which source can prove toxic and is particularly dangerous during pregnancy

Foods rich in vitamin B2

  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Liver
  • Kidneys
  • Legumes like mature soybeans
  • Tomatoes
  • Almonds
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas (However, Do NOT eat in case of pink eye)
  • Persimmons
  • Egg white
  • Cottage cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Fish

Vitamin B2 (or Riboflavin) can be solved in water. So after your body uses what it needs you pee or sweat out any excess vitamin B2

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