Find out ways to help treat and prevent eye infections


An eye infection can be very distressing and highly contagious. Here are some things you can do to reduce the risk of getting an eye infection:

  • Always wash your hands before touching your own or other people's eyes
  • If you wear monthly contact lenses rather than daily disposables then make sure you follow the hygiene regime correctly to keep them clean.
  • Contact lens wearers are especially prone to dry-feeling eyes and, in some cases complication of dry eyes can make the cornia vulnerable to an eye infection. Using Optrex ActiMist™ Eye Spray helps repair the eye's natural protective moisture barrier to reduce moisture loss leading to dry eyes and improve tear film stability.
  • Tears are your eyes' natural defence against infection, so keep your eyes hydrated by using a product from the Optrex Dry Eye Range regularly to help maintain eye hydration.
  • Remove eye make-up properly before you got to bed.


 If your eye does become infected, here are some things you can do to help treat the infection and to stop it spreading to your other eye or to other people:

  • The Optrex Infected Eye Drops and Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1%w/w Eye Ointment effectively treats acute bacterial conjunctivitis. Available in eye drops for treatments or eye ointment - suitable for night time. Use individually or together - please refer to packs for dosage instructions. Both products contain Chloramphenicol - always read the product pack and leaflet carefully.
  • Use your own separate towels and face cloths until the eye infection clears up
  • Avoid touching your eye or eye area, and don't use any eye make-up. Ideally, throw away any partially used eye make-up or eye drops to stop re-infection after recovery.
  • Don't wear contact lenses while you have an infection, as doing this increases the likelihood of re-infection.
  • Also make sure your contacts are totally clean before you eventually begin wearing them again, to prevent re-infection.
  • Parents need to remind children with conjunctivitis to wash their hands regularly and throw away any tissues they use to wipe their eyes