How is transmission of bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye) prevented during the ocular exam?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: Karen K Yeung, OD, FAAO; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Many astute eye-care providers use a long-wooded cotton-tipped applicator while examining patients. Thus, the ocular tissues are never touched by the examiner’s fingers. This approach can markedly reduce the potential for cross-contamination between eyes, as well as transmission to the examining physician and subsequent patients.


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