Pink Eye Diagnosis and Treatment from Our Saint Charles Optometry Team
Did you know pink eye can affect people of all ages, not just young children? This condition can be caused by many factors that require different treatment, which is why knowing the underlying cause is so important. Call us or keep reading to learn more about pink eye and how our Saint Charles optometrist team treats this common eye issue.
Understanding Pink Eye
The outer layer of your eyeball and the inner layer of your eyelids are covered with a thin clear tissue called the conjunctiva. Pink eye, also called conjunctivitis, develops when something irritates and inflames this tissue. The most common causes of pink eye include bacterial or viral infections, chemical exposure, allergic reactions, or other underlying disease processes.
Signs and Symptoms of Pink Eye
If you have pink eye, one of the first things you'll notice is redness or pinkness in the white parts of the eyes (sclera). This happens because small blood vessels in the eyes will dilate to release immune molecules into the area that help control inflammation and start the healing process.
Other signs and symptoms of pink eye include:
- Watery discharge (in bacterial conjunctivitis, this discharge may look greenish or yellowish)
- Crusty dry residue that sticks to the eyelids or lashes
- Increased light sensitivity
- Itchy eyes
- Blurry vision
- Runny and stuffy nose (when pink eye is caused by an allergic reaction)
Pink eye symptoms can affect one or both eyes. Rubbing or itching affected eyes can lead to complications like corneal scratches or the spread of pink eye to other people (in the case of viral or bacterial conjunctivitis, which tend to be very contagious).
How Our Saint Charles Optometrist Team Treats Pink Eye
Sometimes (though not always), pink eye will clear up on its own, but may lead to long-lasting and potentially serious damage if left untreated. That is why we encourage you to consult with our optometrist team as soon as you notice signs or symptoms of pink eye in yourself or a loved one. Our eye doctor staff, serving St. Peters, Saint Charles, and Cottleville, MO, offer a range of effective treatments for pink eye, including:
- Topical or eye dropper antibiotics
- Allergy medications
- Re-fitting of prescription eyewear (e.g., temporary use of eyeglasses instead of contact lenses)
- Patient education on symptom management, hand hygiene, removal of allergens, etc.
Treatment from pink eye depends on the cause of your condition. Meeting with an eye doctor is essential for relief!
Worried about Pink Eye?
Don't gamble on your family's vision and eye health. If you're concerned about pink eye, contact Bogey Hills Vision Center at (636) 946-1176 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced optometrists today.