Conjunctivitis is commonly referred to as pink eye because the eyes actually look pink, red or bloodshot. The condition is caused by inflammation of the clear membranes (conjunctiva) on the white of the eyes and inside the eyelids.
This is a highly contagious condition that can affect people of any age. The more you are in close proximity with other people, the greater your risk of contracting pink eye. It can be easily spread through sneezes, coughs or by using an object that was previously used by a person who already has pink eye.
Pink Eye Symptoms
- Red or bloodshot eyes
- Excessive eye watering
- Swollen eyelids
- Burning and itching
- Crusty eyelids in the morning
- Light sensitivity
- Gritty sensation
- Yellow, sticky discharge
Pink Eye Treatment
Viral conjunctivitis will typically clear up without treatment after several days, but bacterial conjunctivitis may require medicated eye drops or ointments. You can take measures to avoid contracting pink eye by following these tips:
- Avoid touching your eyes
- Wash hands frequently
- Use hand sanitizers
- Don’t share hand towels and personal items
- Wear goggles when swimming
- Follow contact lens wear instructions
If you think you have pink eye, contact us to arrange an appointment.