WHAT DO PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PINK EYE?
AMERICAN EYE CENTER VIETNAM
 

What do parents need to know about pink eye?

Each year, conjunctivitis is the cause for many missed school days. In general, conjunctivitis remains contagious as long as the eye tears and produces discharge. Once these symptoms are gone, it’s safe for the child to return to school or child care. Some schools may require a certain wait period before the child can return.

Pink eye symptoms usually improve in three to seven days, but some viral infections can last up to 2 weeks. Take your child to an ophthalmologist to ensure they get proper treatment.

1. Good hygiene – especially hand-washing after touching the face or eyes – is crucial to minimize spread of the disease in classrooms and households:

2. Wash your hands frequently and after touching your eyes

3. Do not reuse handkerchiefs or towels when wiping your face and eyes

4. Change pillowcases frequently

5. Do not share towels with others

6. Do not use old cosmetics or share makeup