Pink eye prevention

By: Dr. Shairoz Jessa, Apr 10, 2014

What is pink eye and how can I prevent myself from getting it?

How to avoid this dreaded eye infection.

Pink eye is a common name for an eye infection called conjunctivitis. It is when the white part of your eyes become infected with bacteria or a virus and cause redness, discomfort and discharge. The best way to prevent pink eye is to have proper hygiene which includes frequent hand washing and trying not to touch your eyes. If you suspect you may have pink eye, you should seek care from an eye care professional such as an optometrist.

Dr. Jessa received her Honors Bachelors of Science degree in 2004 from the University of Toronto, where she graduated with high academic distinction. She continued on at the University of Waterloo completing her Doctor of Optometry Degree in 2008. Dr. Jessa was the recipient of the College of Optometrists of Ontario General Proficiency Medal, for having the highest academic average in the 2008 graduating Optometry class. She also received The Advanced Medical Optics General Proficiency Award and The E.J. Chisolm Memorial Scholarship for excelling in a third year pediatric optometry course. During her last year of training, Dr. Jessa completed an internship at the Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas; where she received thorough training in ocular disease management.