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Pink Eye: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Pink Eye: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Pink Eye

Pink eye, aka conjunctivitis, is characterized by a pinkish hue over the clear covering of the white part of your eye due to inflammation. It’s a common condition and for the most part, easily treatable. A visit to your optometry specialist at NewVision Eyecare in Sammamish can confirm if you have pink eye so you can get treatment. Here’s what you should know about this condition.

Causes

Almost anyone can contract pink eye. As the condition in some forms is highly contagious, you’re more likely to get it from a colleague or coworker, especially if you work together in close quarters.

There are various types of pink eye with distinct causes. Viral pink eye is caused by a virus and is highly contagious. It’s generally mild in nature and usually clears up on its own within a few days. Bacterial pinkeye is more serious, requiring prescription medications for treatment. It’s also contagious, and spreads by direct contact with other people. Allergic pinkeye is caused by allergens like pollen, pet dander, dust, etc., and can’t be spread to other people.

Symptoms

Besides the pinkish color which all types of pink eye have in common, symptoms vary depending on the type of condition you have.

Viral pink eye can cause your eyes to water and become sensitive to light. Bacterial pink eye is distinguished by a sticky discharge that causes your eyelids to stick together. Allergic pink eye produces watery, itchy eyes accompanied by a runny nose and sensitivity to light.

Treatments

Each type of pink eye is treated differently. Viral conjunctivitis generally runs its course without the need for treatment. Applying a wet washcloth over your eyes periodically helps alleviate irritating symptoms.

If you have bacterial pink eye, your optometry specialist can prescribe antibiotic ointments or eye drops for treatment. Left unchecked, bacterial pink eye can lead to serious eye problems and loss of vision. Allergic pink eye can often be relieved by taking medications for your allergy.

See Your Sammamish Optometrist for Pink Eye Treatment

For an accurate diagnosis and treatment of pink eye conditions, contact NewVision Eyecare in Sammamish at (425) 392-2196 today.

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