Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is a swelling and irritation of the membrane that covers the white part of the eye and eyelid lining. It is often referred to as “pink eye” due to the pink color of inflamed blood vessels.

Many irritants can cause temporary conjunctivitis. Seasonal or indoor allergens, pollutants in the air, eye makeup, contact lenses, or other kinds of debris may cause irritation and inflammation. It is usually alleviated when debris or allergens are no longer present. Washing the affected eye and keeping it clean often allows enough time to heal, and symptoms should subside.

Infection Conjunctivitis

Infection conjunctivitis may be viral or bacterial. The viral type may accompany a cold, fever, sore throat, or flu. Eye redness and watery discharge are common symptoms. Staph or strep bacteria may cause bacterial conjunctivitis. It can include eye redness and discharging mucus.

Bacterial and viral pinkeye can be highly contagious and can easily be passed between people. This is often seen in children as they can contract it during play in schools or daycares. The symptoms are generally mild and do not pose a serious threat to eye health. However, it should be treated by an eye doctor. A doctor should also see newborns with symptoms as it’s important to diagnose and treat symptoms in young babies to ensure no vision loss occurs.

Conjunctivitis is a common condition we see often. Some eye diseases are similar, so it’s important for patients to have a professional evaluation by an eye doctor to determine their specific needs and proper treatment. Treatment is different depending on the cause, but all forms of conjunctivitis need professional evaluation to ensure good eye health. In most cases, it can be successfully treated with antibiotics, eye drops, or ointments.  

If you are experiencing symptoms, call us to schedule an appointment right away!

Eye Care Optometric

Eye Care Optometric

March 23rd, 2020

In Response to the order to “Shelter in Place” to protect our community from the Corona virus, we are forced to close our office to help limit possible spread of the virus. We are staying open March 20, 23 and 24 to wrap up some cases and dispense glasses to patients waiting for them. We sanitize between each case as always and continually wipe down surfaces.

Please cancel your appointment if you are ill, coughing, have fever, traveled out of the country within 2 weeks or have been around sick people. If you are picking up glasses or contact lenses and have risks, call us and designate someone to pick up. If you feel uncomfortable coming into our office during this time, call to tell us you are coming and then again when you get to our parking lot call and we will bring them out to your car. We can also make arrangements to mail glasses and Contact Lenses to you.

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