Conjunctivitis is also known as pink eye. It occurs when the conjunctiva is irritated by allergies or from an infection. As a result, the eyes become inflamed, red, and swollen. There are several causes of pink eye, and some may require you to seek medical attention, especially if your symptoms do not clear up within a few days. If you believe you are suffering from pink eye, our eye care team at Today’s Vision Cypress can provide the testing and treatment you need.
Causes and Symptoms
Pink eye can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or allergies. Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis can easily spread from one person to another. Pink eye from allergies is not contagious. The most common type of conjunctivitis is viral pink eye. It often spreads through crowded places such as schools. This type of pink eye is usually caused by the contagious viruses associated with the common cold. If you are suffering from this type of conjunctivitis, you may notice burning and red eyes with a watery discharge.
Bacterial conjunctivitis, also highly contagious, results from infection from bacteria. You may notice red, sore eyes with sticky pus inside the eye. You may or may not notice any discharge with bacterial conjunctivitis.
Allergic conjunctivitis results from an allergic reaction caused by animals, smoke, pollen, pool chlorine, car fumes, or other particles found in the environment. As a result, you may experience symptoms such as puffy eyelids and red or watery eyes. Your eyes may also be itchy.
Treatment for Conjunctivitis
Treatment depends on the type of pink eye you have. If you have viral pink eye, there are no particular treatments. Your body will usually fight off the virus on its own. Additionally, you can place a wet, cool washcloth on your eyes to help soothe any discomfort. However, if you have a severe form of viral conjunctivitis, our optometrists can prescribe antiviral medications. We can prescribe antibiotic eye drops for pink eye caused by bacteria. Allergic conjunctivitis may require particular eye drops that can relieve puffiness and itchiness.
Prevention from Spreading
Both viral and bacterial conjunctivitis can easily spread from one person to another. Be sure to use a clean towel each time you wipe your eyes and face. It is important to not touch your eyes and avoid wearing eye makeup. Never share your makeup with anyone else. If you wear contact lenses, be sure to clean them accordingly.
Contact Us for Eye and Vision Care from Our Optometrists in Cypress
If you are searching for an “eye doctor near me” or “eye exam near me,” give us a call here at Today’s Vision Cypress - Fry Rd. to schedule an appointment. We will work with you to diagnose the type of pink eye you’re experiencing and provide the necessary treatment. We will also recommend ways you can prevent spreading conjunctivitis and how to care for your eyes at home. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.