The Quezon City Health Department is advising the public to regularly observe personal hygiene to prevent sore eyes, one of the most common diseases prevalent during summer.
In an interview with the Philippines News Agency, QC epidemiologist Dr. Rolly Cruz said on Friday that sore eyes, although highly contagious, can be easily prevented.
“Constant and proper hand washing will help prevent anyone from catching sore eyes as dirty hands are likely to catch infections,” he said.
Cruz said it is necessary to wash hands up to 20 times a day, especially before eating and after coming out of the comfort room, as sore eyes can be easily transmitted from person to person.
“Avoid touching the eyes and face with dirty hands and refrain from sharing personal things like towels, eyeglasses, make-up, and reusing of handkerchief,” he said.
Cruz said sore eyes is a common term for the inflammation of the thin covering of the eyeball and the inner eyelid.
The symptoms include redness, smear and burning or gritty sensation and water-like discharge in the eyes. Sometimes, one may feel like the eyes are glued together particularly upon waking up. In some cases, a person with sore eyes also has a runny nose and sore throat.
Most children acquire the disease through contact especially during summer vacation where they spend hours outside playing with other kids.
He advised patients to avoid rubbing the eyes if they have sore eyes as such will cause more irritation and infection.
Washing the eyes with cold water will also help soothe irritation by cleaning the infected fluid within the eyes.
Certain eye drops will also help to remedy the itch. The patient should stay and rest at home to prevent spreading the infection. He added it is still best and safe to consult a health provider if the patient is pregnant or with other serious conditions.