Pink Eye and AgingAs you age, your body produces fewer tears. An important function of tears is to protect the eye from particles, irritants and infectious agents. The enzymes and antibiotics in tears also help protect the eye from infection. Fewer tears mean more chance of infection.
Preventing Pink EyeProtecting yourself from infection is the best way to prevent pink eye. Use these approaches to help prevent pink eye:
- Wash your hands.
- Don’t touch your eyes.
- Manage dry eyes with artificial tears.
- Change your pillowcase frequently.
- Don’t use old eye makeup. Mascara should be thrown away after 3 months and eyeliner after 6 months from the time you opened it.
- Don’t share face towels.
Source: ADAM Medical Encyclopedia.Conjunctivitis
ADAM Medical Encyclopedia.Conjunctivitis