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Conjunctivitis (“Pink Eye”)

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Conjunctivitis ("Pink Eye")

Conjunctivitis, or “pink eye,” occurs because of an inflammation or infection of the eye’s conjunctiva, the transparent membrane the covers the white of your eyeball.  The small blood vessels in the conjunctiva become inflamed and because of that, more visible, which causes the distinctive reddish-pink coloration so closely associated with the condition.

Causes

Pink eye is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection, an allergic reaction, exposure to foreign chemicals, an obstruction in the eye, or, if it occurs in a baby, an incompletely opened tear duct.

Symptoms

  • Redness in one or both eyes.

  • Itchiness in one or both eyes.

  • A gritty feeling in one or both eyes.

  • A discharge from one or both eyes that forms a crust during the night which may make it difficult to open them in the morning.

  • Tearing.

Treatment

Symptom relief is the primary focus of treatment for pink eye.  If the condition comes about from a viral or bacterial infection, your doctor may recommend artificial tears, cleaning your eyelids with a wet cloth, and applying cold or warm compresses several times daily until the symptoms clear up.

Sometimes your doctor may prescribe antiviral medications or antibiotic eyedrops if they believe your specific situation warrants it.

If the pink eye is being created by an allergen, your doctor will most likely prescribe eyedrops or other medications made specifically for people with allergies.  On top of this, you will be advised to try and identify, and then avoid, whatever the allergen was that caused the reaction.

To see what conjunctivitis treatments might work best for you, contact your local eye care experts at McDonald Optical in Iowa City today.

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