Bogey Hills Vision Pink Eye
Conjunctivitis, known colloquially as pink eye, is a condition that affects the conjunctiva within the eye and eyelid. The conjunctiva is a thin, transparent membrane that lines the whites of your eyes and your eyelids. The conjunctiva can become inflamed and infected, causing the tiny blood vessels inside to become easier to see. This leads to the whites of your eyes taking on a red or pink appearance.
Pink eye is inconvenient and often contagious, but it doesn’t usually affect your vision. Thankfully, there are treatments available to help reduce symptoms and discomfort until pink eye resolves. Getting pink eye diagnosed and treated early helps reduce its spread as well as resolve sooner.
How is Pink Eye Spread?
Conjunctivitis is often the result of infection by viruses or bacteria. Allergic reactions can also cause pink eye, and babies can suffer from it because of incompletely opened tear ducts. Common symptoms of pink eye include:
- Swelling and redness
- A crusty or gritty feeling in the eye
- Excess tears
- Discharge that prevents the eye from opening
Pink Eye Treatment
Treating conjunctivitis is relatively simple, though the disease can last for a few weeks. Treatments focus on relieving symptoms using artificial tears, wet cloth, and warm or cold compresses a few times a day. In some cases, antibiotic eye drops are required, but most infections are viral and cannot be treated by antibiotics. Antivirals may be prescribed if the infection is thought to be the herpes simplex virus.
Patients who wear contact lenses should stop wearing them for the duration of the condition. Reusable contact lenses need to be disinfected overnight and patients may need to throw out any accessories that have touched them. Any eye makeup or other face applications should be disposed of, too. Our optometrist will provide you with personalized recommendations based on the severity of your condition and your lifestyle.
Optometry Professionals in Saint Charles, St. Peters, and Cottleville
If you believe you are experiencing pink eye, Bogey Hills Vision is ready to assist you. W have years of experience providing residents of Saint Charles, St. Peters, and Cottleville with reliable optometry services. For more information on pink eye or to schedule an appointment, call us at (636) 946-1176.