Nursing Interventions For Conjunctivitis


  • Teach proper hand washing technique and instruct patient to keep hands away of eyes
  • Use disinfected equipment for eye examination
  • Encourage patient to avoid sharing personal cloths with others
  • Apply warm compress over eye and instill eye drops/ointment as ordered. Some eye drops contain antihistamines or other medications that can be helpful for people with allergic conjunctivitis.
  • If pink eye affects only one eye, don’t touch both eyes with the same cloth. This reduces the risk of spreading an infection from one eye to the other.
  • Instruct patient to clean eye discharge with tissue and dispose carefully.
  • Replace eye cosmetics and do not share
  • Teach the patient to install eye drops and ointments correctly without touching tip of container with eye or lashes
  • Encourage patient to stay away from school for at least 7 days
  • Instruct to use dark black eye glasses to avoid bright light and contamination
  • Advise patient to use and take care of contact lenses correctly
  • Advise patient to avoid rubbing eyes
  • Administer antihistamines and mast cell stabilizers (for allergic conjunctivitis) as ordered.
  • Administer decongestants, steroids and anti-inflammatory eye drops as ordered.



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