1. Avoid rubbing your eyes
As much as possible, avoid rubbing and touching the irritated and itchy eye as it may become more painful and infected. It may also cause a scratch or a tear in the cornea. Instead of rubbing, apply a cold compress on the infected eye to minimize the symptoms.
2. Keep your hands clean
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before treating your eyes with eye drops or ointments. Make sure they’re clean as well before and after you remove any discharge from your eyes.
When cleaning your eyes, do it gently. Carefully remove any discharge around your eyes several times a day with a clean, wet cloth or fresh cotton ball. Dispose of the used cotton ball with pus or mucus, and sanitize the clothing with hot water and detergent after use.
3. No sharing of garments and eye products
Avoid sharing pillows, towels, eye drops, cosmetics, contact lenses, eyeglasses, and other personal belongings as it can lead to potential eye irritation and infection.
4. Rest your eyes
Prevent eye strain by resting your eyes and taking breaks. It is also important to limit screen time. You may also use appropriate eyewear or adjust the lighting of your workspace.