First Eye Care proudly offers a wide range of vision and eye services to patients of all ages – from infants to seniors. One of the most common conditions we treat is conjunctivitis, or pink eye. Chances are you have had pink eye – or known someone who has – sometime during your lifetime. The treatment for pink eye varies, depending on what the main cause of the eye condition is. In many cases, antibiotics will clear any symptoms of pink eye up, and some mild cases will only require a warm compress and eye drops prescribed by your doctor. Here at First Eye Care we believe in offering our patients comprehensive services they can rely on. We understand how irritating it can be to find yourself faced with eye or vision problems, which is why we believe in going above and beyond to treat any eye conditions before they turn into a bigger problem. If you are experiencing any irritation or other symptoms and believe you may have pink eye, please contact our North Arlington eye care clinic right away.
What is Conjunctivitis?
Before we go over some of the most common signs and treatment options of conjunctivitis, let’s go over what, exactly, it is. As you may know, pink eye is one of the most common eye infections in both children and adults. It is the inflammation – or swelling – of the conjunctiva, which is the tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and outside of the actual eye. This tissue is important to your overall eye health, as it helps to keep the eyelid and eyeball wet.
There are numerous causes of pink eye, including viral infections, bacteria, irritating substances (such as shampoo or conditioner, dirt, dust, smoke, pool chlorine, allergens, sexually transmitted diseases, and other chemicals.
Common Signs of Conjunctivitis
The most common symptoms of pink eye are:
- Redness in the white part of the eye or inner eyelid
- More tears than normal
- Thick yellow discharge that crusts and encases the eyelids, especially when you first wake up in the morning
- Itchy eyes
- Burning eyes
- Blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light (more than usual)
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please contact First Eye Care right away and schedule an appointment with one of our two experienced optometrists. It is important that pink eye is caught early on in order to prevent further discomfort and the condition from spreading.
Since there are various causes of pink eye, there are different treatment options:
- For bacterial infections, conjunctivitis is treated with antibiotics
- These may come in the form of eye drops, ointments, or pills
- For viral infections, conjunctivitis cannot be treated. Similar to a common cold, it simply must run its course, which may take anywhere from four to seven days
- If caused by an irritating substance, conjunctivitis can be treated by placing a warm compress on the eye for five minutes and washing it out
- If caused by allergies, conjunctivitis should be checked out by your local optometrist. In some cases antihistamines may be able to clear the infection up, or you may try placing a cold compress on your closed eyes to relieve any symptoms
To learn more about treatment for conjunctivitis, please contact North Arlington’s First Eye Care and schedule an appointment today.