If one or both of your eyes are looking a little red, you may be suffering from a case of conjunctivitis, also referred to as "Pink Eye."
As one of the most common and treatable eye ailments in both children and adults, conjunctivitis may be due to viral or bacterial causes or develop as a result of exposure to allergens or irritants. At the office of Paul Thompson, OD, we'll determine what's causing your symptoms and provide the most appropriate course of care to protect the health of your eyes.
What's causes the pink or red appearance of the conjunctiva?
When the transparent tissues that line the inside of the eyelid and cover the white part of your eyeball are irritated and inflamed, it makes the small blood vessels in the conjunctiva more visible. Along with exhibiting a pink-look or redness, your eyes may feel gritty, itchy, or teary. You might also experience a clear, yellowish, white or green discharge from your eye as well as crusting of the eyelids or lashes.
Is Pink Eye Contagious?
While conjunctivitis that is caused by allergens or irritants is not contagious, Pink eye of viral or bacterial origin can be easily spread. Children, office workers, college students, along with anyone else who works closely with others, are at a higher risk of exposure to these germs. With conjunctivitis, it's essential to remember that proper hygiene, taking care not to rub your eyes, and not sharing personal items like cosmetics and towels are the best ways to stop the germs from spreading. Take care not to wear contact lenses if your eyes are red and irritated. Wear your prescription eyeglasses until our doctor gives you the all-clear to go back to wearing contacts.
Beware of more severe symptoms
Most cases of Pink eye seen by our office are typically mild and easy to treat. However, it's especially important to get prompt care if you experience moderate to severe pain, significant eye redness, light sensitivity, blurred vision, a pre-existing eye condition, worsening symptoms despite antibiotic treatment, or are immune-compromised. Also, newborns with symptoms of conjunctivitis require immediate care.
At the office of Paul Thompson, OD, we're dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye and vision care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.
By Paul Thompson, OD
June 16, 2020
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