What is Conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis is an infection of the membranes that surround your eyeballs. It’s usually caused by a virus or bacteria, but allergies and ‘foreign bodies’- such as grit or dust, can also be blamed. Infective conjunctivitis spreads easily in families by the accidental touching of infected eyes and then touching a commonly-used surface.
However, it can be contained through proper hygiene measures such as regular handwashing with disinfectant soap;—whereas viral conjunctivitis spreads through the air and is more difficult to control. There is one type of conjunctivitis that affects new-borns in particular. This can be serious. See your doctor straight away if you notice that your baby is developing any unusual symptoms in their eye / eyes.