Wakari School is had a number of cases of conjunctivitis in recent weeks. This is a extremely contagious condition that affects the eyes.
Symptoms can include:
- redness of the white part of the eye
- irritation or gritty feeling (like having sand in the eye)
- discharge (may be clear, milky or pus-like)
- more tears than usual
- swelling of the eyelids
- crusting of the eyelids or eyelashes
Conjunctivitis causes red, irritated and sticky eyes.
Children with conjunctivitis should not go to school until their eyes are better (this usually requires treatment). Conjunctivitis can last from 2 days to sometimes as long as 3 weeks.
For more information on conjunctivitis, please go to: https://www.kidshealth.org.nz/conjunctivitis