I’ve Got Pink Eye! How Could This Have Happened?

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The holidays are over. The kids are back to school and things are finally back to normal. Then one of them comes home with a cold, and suddenly your whole house is sick.

Only this time, one of you wakes up one morning with pink eye. How could this have happened?

According to Masoud Nafey, OD, FAAO, it’s not all that uncommon. In fact, the common cold is one of the ways it could have manifested to begin with.

“Your eye is part of your body, and if your body gets a virus, your eye can easily capture it as well,” he said.

Dr. Nafey said that kids often will wipe their noses with their hands, while under the effects of the common cold, and use those same hands to rub their eyes, spreading the virus to the eyes. This can ultimately lead to one form of pink eye, but Dr. Nafey also said there are other forms too.

Watch Dr. Nafey explain all of this and more in the latest edition of #AskAnEyeDoc below. And if you’re seeing or feeling any similar symptoms, find your nearest VSP network doctor and set up an appointment ASAP.

Disclaimer: Information received through VSP Vision Care’s social media channels does not constitute medical advice, medical recommendations, diagnosis or treatment.

4 Comments

  • […] example of how one can get pink eye is when kids (or adults for that matter) wipe their noses with their hands and then rub their eyes. […]

  • D Harelson says:

    YouTube videos are blocked at work – I’d prefer it if you’d just include the full article instead of linking to a video that I can’t see – I’m only getting half the information you want me to have

  • […] example of how one can get pink eye is when kids (or adults for that matter) wipe their noses with their hands and then rub their eyes. […]

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