Conjunctivitis is red eye due to inflammation of the membrane that lines the surface of the eyeball and the inner eyelid (conjunctiva of the eye). In addition to red eyes , conjunctivitis can be accompanied by itching of the eyes and watery eyes .
The conjunctiva contains blood vessels that dilate during conjunctivitis. It is the dilation of blood vessels that causes red eye symptoms. Conjunctivitis is a condition that often causes red eyes in babies , and sore eyes in children or adults.
Conjunctivitis can be a sign of infection with the Corona virus that causes COVID-19. Therefore , if you or your child has conjunctivitis, you should consult a doctor so that the cause can be ascertained. Click the link below so you can be directed to the nearest health facility:
- Antibody Rapid Test
- Antigen Swab (Rapid Test Antigen)
Causes and Symptoms of Conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis is often caused by a viral infection (viral conjunctivitis). Apart from viral conjunctivitis, there is also bacterial conjunctivitis caused by bacterial infections and allergic conjunctivitis caused by allergic reactions , for example due to dust, mites, or glue in eyelash extension procedures .
Conjunctivitis will cause complaints of red , watery, and runny eyes, but sufferers will not experience visual disturbances. Sometimes, conjunctivitis caused by an allergic reaction can also cause the skin around the eyes to appear dry, swollen, itchy, and dull.
Treatment and Prevention of Conjunctivitis
Bacterial conjunctivitis is treated with antibiotics , while allergic conjunctivitis is treated with antiallergic drugs. Meanwhile, viral conjunctivitis does not require special treatment because it will heal by itself. However, the doctor can give eye drops to relieve symptoms.
Sufferers can also use natural ways to treat sore eyes , such as compressing the eyes with warm water or cold water.
There are several ways you can do to prevent transmission of conjunctivitis, including:
- Wash your hands regularly and don't touch your eyes directly, especially after shaking hands or touching people with conjunctivitis
- Do not share cosmetics or personal items, such as towels, with other people
- Do not use eye drops that have been used for red eyes, in order to avoid transmitting viruses or bacteria