Superficial eye infections need treating fast according to a new science report commissioned on behalf of Golden Eye®, makers of a range of drops and ointments to treat conjunctivitis, styes and blepharitis.
GP and advisor to Golden Eye®, Dr Nisa Aslam notes; “Eyes often get taken for granted. While eyes are tough, modern environments including dust, pollution and smog can cause eye irritation resulting in the eyes being rubbed and scratched. Rubbing the eyes with unclean hands is a key source of eye infection. Eye infections are very contagious and can easily be caught from another person with an eye infection.
Poor immune function can also be part of the mix. Sharing towels and face flannels, not washing them regularly enough, even sharing pillows can all be a source of eye infection.”
Keeping eye make-up for too long, not cleaning it off at night, leaving eye makeup products with the tops off, including in the bottom of a desk drawer or handbag can increase the risk of eye infection. Poor hygiene around contact lenses is another key factor.
Maintaining excellent eye hygiene is the number one priority for preventing eye infections. But when eye infections occur, they must be treated immediately. Superficial, mild eye infections can quickly get worse if not treated.
Golden Eye® produce a range of three topical eye products for superficial eye infections. Here is a quick summary from Dr Nisa Aslam to distinguish between the products.
Rigorous hygienic measures should also be put in place. Contact lenses and eye makeup should not be worn until the eye infection has subsided. Towels and face flannels should be washed in hot water and detergent regularly and never shared with others.
Pharmacist, Sultan Dajani adds; “Golden Eye® products are effective for treating superficial eye infections and should be used in a timely manner to reduce the risk of an infection becoming more serious. Golden Eye® Eye Drops and Golden Eye® Eye Ointment tick the boxes for me as they help to stop bacteria growing and multiplying. Golden Eye®Eye Drops contain propamidine isetionate, whilst Golden Eye® Eye Ointment contains dibrompropamidine isetionate. Both these compounds belong to a group of medicines called antiseptics, part of the aromatic diamidine group of compounds which possess bacteriostatic properties against a wide range of organisms. This means they stop bacteria from growing and multiplying rather than killing them. They control the number of bacteria causing the eye infection, so helping to relieve symptoms. The remaining bacteria die or are killed by your body’s immune system.”
“Diamidines exert antibacterial action against bacteria such as pyrogenic cocci, antibiotic resistant staphylococci and some Gram-negative bacilli. The activity of the diamidines is retained in the presence of organic matter such as tissue fluids, pus and serum, which are common in eye infections. If the infection does not clear in 2 days a doctor should be consulted.” Always read the label.