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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Apollo Eye Infection: Can You Really Get It Via Eye Contact? [NO!]

What we generally referred to as Apollo is medically called Conjunctivitis.

It seems to be so common in this season as I have seen numbers of people with Apollo.

Lets quickly talk about it.

What is Conjunctivitis?

It is simply inflammation of the blood vessels in the outer whitish part of the eye (conjunctiva) and the inner surface of the eyelids.

It is an allergic reaction which results in red and irritated eyes.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Redness

  • Swelling

  • Itching

  • Burning sensation

What causes Conjunctivitis?

According to Ophthalmologists, it is usually caused by Virus. However, Bacterial, Allergens, irritants and dryness can cause the infection.

Because virus and bacteria are majorly the causative organisms, Conjunctivitis (Apollo) is said to be contagious (transferred from one person to another).

It is widely believed, especially in Nigeria and Ghana, that one can get infected with the infection by looking into the eyes of an infected person.

This believe is simply a Myth!

Here is the real gist

It is not possible to contract the infection by merely looking into the eyes of an infected person without physical contact. (Read it again!)

Apollo is basically transmitted by hand-mouth (contact). The infection is feaco-oral and cannot hop from one eye to another person's eye by just looking into the eyes of an infected person.

For Instance,

If a person with the infection rubs his eyes and use same hand to touch an object, people that get in contact with such object end up getting infected.


The infection can be passed from one person to person only via contact E.g when using same towel, handkerchief, swimming, handshake etc.

I advise you, if infected, to avoid being in contact with people that do not have the infection.

The transmission is common with family members, because if they are not extremely careful, they will be in contact and end up getting infected.

How can it be treated?

  1. The treatment usually involves the use of antibiotics, eyedrops.

  2. Mind you, if the causative organisms is virus, antiviral medications are prescribed to take care of its symptoms. But, usually tear up with time on its own.

  3. Wear black sunglasses to hide the unsightly nature of the infection.

  4. It usually disappears within 5-7days. If not, consult your healthcare provider.

Remember, Apollo (Conjunctivitis) can not be contacted by just looking into the eyes of an infected person. Only, via contact.

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