Conjunctivitis can be either an irritation or an infection of the membrane that covers the white of the eye and the inside lining of the eyelid. It has become commonly known as “pink eye” due to the significant blood vessel inflammation that can occur.
What is Conjunctivitis?
Pink eye, the common name for conjunctivitis, is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, the outer, normally clear covering of the sclera, which is the white part of the eye. The eye appears pink in conjunctivitis because the blood vessels are dilated.
What Are the Symptoms of Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)?
Since bacterial or viral conjunctivitis is very contagious, it’s important to pay attention to your symptoms. The condition can be passed along to others up to 2 weeks after it develops. Talk with one of our eye doctors about treatment if you experience:
- Pink or red-toned eyes
- Gritty feelin in your eyes
- Watery or thick discharge that builds up on your eyes at night
- Itchiness in your eyes
- Abnormal amount of tears
What Are the Types of Conjunctivitis?
Infection conjunctivitis has two categories—viral and bacterial. The viral type usually accompanies a cold, fever, sore throat, or flu and is characterized by eye redness and a watery discharge. The bacterial type presents with eye redness, a mucous like discharge, and is usually caused by a staph or strep bacteria.
Some bacterial and viral pink eye can easily be passed between people, and it is common for children to experience this type of conjunctivitis. The symptoms are generally mild and do not pose a serious threat to eye health, but conjunctivitis in newborns should be addressed by a doctor right away to help ensure no vision loss occurs.
How Do I Get Diagnosed With Conjunctivitis?
If you feel that you may have conjunctivitis please do not hesitate to call EyeCare Associates of Haslett & Perry and schedule an immediate appointment. The eye doctors here are experienced in dealing with this condition and will set you on a path to recovery.
What Are The Causes of Conjunctivitis?
Most of the time, pink eye is caused by a virus or bacteria. Viral pink eye is the most common type. Allergies and other irritants like air pollution, eye make-up, and contact lenses cause irritation conjunctivitis.
How Do You Treat Conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis is treated differently depending on the cause. Most cases can be successfully treated with antibiotics, eye drops, or ointments.
Dr. Pairolero and Dr. Langhorst are trained and equipped to make the correct diagnosis of the type of conjunctivitis. In some cases, conjunctivitis can progress to a more serious eye condition and vision damage so professional evaluation is important.