What information about bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye) should patients be given?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: Karen K Yeung, OD, FAAO; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Patients with bacterial conjunctivitis should be instructed not to touch their eyes and to avoid sharing fomites. They should also be educated regarding their infectious nature to prevent transmission and the importance of finishing their antibiotic regimen. Patients with bacterial conjunctivitis who wear contact lenses should be instructed to discontinue contact lens use and to discard their used contact lenses, open contact lens solutions, used contact lens cases, and used makeup and makeup brushes.


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