How is bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye) prevented?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: Karen K Yeung, OD, FAAO; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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To prevent bacterial conjunctivitis, patient education should include good hygiene (eg, washing hands with soap and water) and avoidance of touching the eyes, especially after exposure to potentially infectious sources. Proper contact lens care includes avoidance of contact lens wear while sleeping and proper cleaning and discarding of both  lenses and contact lens cases.

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