Posts about conjunctivitis

I'm infected

Barely less than 10 hours ago, I wrote about how my colleagues were infected with conjunctivitis one after another.

This morning, as I struggled to open my eyes, I realized that my left eye was covered with a think layer of “eye wax”. It was sore, red and painful but my right eye was perfectly alright. I hesitated for a moment before deciding to visit the doctor.

When the doctor examined me, it turned out that both my eyes were infected except that the right eye was not infected as badly as the other. Now that I’m down on 2 days of medical leave, this is certainly most unwelcome and has certainly spoilt my day and weekend!

Update: I was curious what kind of conjunctivitis I’m suffering from and how to prevent it from spreading to the others. It seems that I’m suffering from bacterial conjunctivitis. For those whom are interested to know more about it, you can read more about it from the vision guide and here.

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Conjunctivitis

The remaining few fighting fit colleague of mine and myself were forced to take half-day leave for today and tomorrow as there was an outbreak of conjunctivitis among us and around the workplace.

It started on Tuesday when one of them was on medical leave for sore eyes. Then somehow, one of them got infected it didn’t take too long for the others to start rubbing their painful, reddish and tearing eye — all of which are symptoms of conjunctivitis.

This incident reminded me of the SARS crisis which Singapore experienced a few years back. It also serves as a reminder to everyone on how vulnerable we are when exposed to the unknown in the air. Lesson learnt from this episode: Never fail to maintain personal hygiene at all times because when the unknown strikes, it’s fast and can be deadly within seconds.

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