From toilet seats to television remotes – everything we touch transfers germs to our hands. And, what’s found on your fingers can end up in your eyes and lead to infections like conjunctivitis, pink eye or a stye. Beyond bacteria, there is a host of other substances that can cause eye irritants.
Have you ever ended up with wing sauce, hot pepper or onion in your eye? What about a grain of sand, suntan lotion, bug repellent or dirt? Aside from being extremely uncomfortable, it can be dangerous.
When your eye itches, you instinctively want to rub it, but try to resist the urge. Wash your hands regularly. And, should you get something in your eye, avoid rubbing it. Instead, blink rapidly, flush with water, use a damp cloth to wipe it and, if needed, seek medical attention from an eye care professional.