Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is a common disease caused by the inflammation of the thin, clear covering of the white of the eye and the inside of the eyelids (conjunctiva).
Below are common causes of Conjunctivitis.
Viral Conjunctivitis-Viral conjunctivitis is very contagious and is usually the result of the common cold. It can be spread by coughing, sneezing and touch. Often, this will clear up without treatment within several days. The white of your eye will appear pink. Other symptoms usually include watery, itchy eyes and sensitivity to light. We recommend applying a clean, cold, wet washcloth to the eye(s) several times a day to help relieve symptoms. Within several days, your symptoms should be gone.
Bacterial Conjunctivitis-Bacterial conjunctivitis if left untreated can cause serious damage to the eye including a corneal ulcer that can cause permanent vision loss. Bacterial conjunctivitis is spread through direct contact. A sticky, yellow or greenish-yellow discharge occurs in the corner of your eye, sometimes causing the eyelids to stick together upon awakening after sleep. Bacterial conjunctivitis must be treated with prescribed antibiotic eye drops or ointments.
Allergic Conjunctivitis– Those who are allergic to dust or pet dander may suffer year round where those suffering from pollen will only be affected seasonally. The white of your eye may appear pink accompanied by watery, burning, light sensitive, itchy eyes. Symptoms usually appear similar to that of a common cold. Allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious. Allergy medications often provide relief to those who suffer.
Conjunctivitis must be diagnosed by an eye doctor to determine the cause and proper treatment. Sometimes these symptoms are caused by other underlying reasons such as; other eye infections, dry eyes or blepharitis. Anytime you develop symptoms, immediately schedule an appointment at any of our offices for proper diagnosis and treatment. If you are a contact wearer, remove your contacts and wear your glasses until you meet with the ophthalmologist. Be cognizant of washing your hands, cleaning linens and towels and not sharing infected objects such as makeup.