I recently had Conjunctivitis in both of my eyes and found out that until you have one, you don’t know how annoying it is.
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, a thin, transparent layer covering the surface of the inner eyelid and the front of the eye. It is caused by bacteria or virus. Mine was viral. Symptoms include eye redness, a discharge and swollen lids. It is contagious.
I started getting itchy eye on Saturday afternoon but I didn’t think of it much and went on with my day but at the end of the day it was swollen and so red that I was in pain. I went to bed that night hoping it would get better but instead woke up with my left eye swollen and so full of mucus that I couldn’t open it. It was so painful. I went and used hot water to get rid of the mucus and finally was able to open my eye. It was still very red so AS insisted that I go and see an eye doctor.
I am glad I went because he diagnosed that it was viral conjunctives and he gave me antibacterial eye drops just in case it was bacterial. He also told me it would take at least seven days for it to be completely gone and I should rest at home so I don’t infect other people. He also advised me that if things got worse in the next few days I should go to a hospital straight away, which sacred me.
Anyway, I started using the eye drops but in the meantime manged to infect my right eye too on Sunday. Therefore, by that evening I have two swollen red eyes.
On Monday morning, I could not open my both eyes and all I wanted to do was cry. I woke AS up and he helped me to go to bathroom. It took me a while to get my eyes open properly. There was no way I would be going to work that day. AS went to work but when he got back home he took care of me and pampered me.
It took the next 48 hours using the eye drops every couple of hours in the day for my eyes to get better but they are still not 100% yet. I still have slightly pink eyes and they are a bit itchy too but no more mucus and I feel more comfortable in front of the computer and TV.
My lesson learned from my infection, good hand washing, especially before touching the face, is a key to preventing most cases of conjunctivitis. I could have not infected the both eyes if I had been more careful.
Anyway, it is a rainy Friday today and I am excited for the weekend 🙂
Take care and enjoy the weekend.
M from nepaliaustralian