Pink Eye Treatment in Roanoke, Hurst, and Woodland Springs
Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is a bacterial or viral infection of the inner eyelid membranes and thin tissues covering the white parts of your eyes. Pink eye is highly contagious and usually requires prescription eye drops to eliminate the infection. Symptoms of bacterial pink eye develop rapidly as bacteria proliferate in moist conditions. Signs of bacterial pinkeye include eye pain/burning, swelling of the eyelid, itching, greenish/yellowish discharge and distinct eye redness.
Because the bacterial pink eye is so contagious, eye doctors recommend getting antibiotic eye drops to eliminate the infection as quickly as possible. Although bacterial pink eye usually resolves naturally within seven to 10 days, treating this eye disease with prescription medications reduces the risk of spreading pink eye to others while shortening its course.
If you think you have pinkeye, never use somebody else's pink eye medication. Tips for eye drop bottles could have touched the user's eyes and become contaminated with pink eye bacteria. In addition, old conjunctivitis medications will lose their effectiveness and could worsen the infection.
Viral Pink Eye
Symptoms of viral pinkeye are similar to those of bacterial pinkeye but discharge will be more watery and clear. Causes of viral pink eye involve colds, sinus infections, and other viral respiratory infections. Since antibiotics cannot treat a viral infection, you should seek a proper diagnose and treatment from your optometrist. Viral pinkeye is contagious for about two weeks following the onset of discharge, redness, and irritation. Symptoms are most severe for the first five days of the infection.
Treatment for viral conjunctivitis involves supportive care with warm or cool compresses to relieve pain, antihistamines to reduce itching and redness and artificial tears. In some cases, your optometrist may prescribe a topical antibiotic to stop bacterial secondary infections (superinfections) from affecting eyes suffering viral pinkeye.
If either a bacterial or viral pinkeye infection continues for more than two weeks or other symptoms develop that severely interfere with vision or eyelid functioning, make an appointment with your eye doctor for an examination. Allowing conjunctivitis to continue infecting an eye may cause corneal scarring or make it easier for other types of infections to affect the eye.
Contact our Roanoke, Hurst, or Woodland Springs Optometrists Today
For treatment of bacterial or viral pink eye or to schedule an appointment for an eye exam, contact First Eye Care today. For our Hurst eye clinic, call (817) 656-2020; to contact our Woodland Springs clinic, call (817) 741-4177; or to reach our Roanoke eye clinic, call (817) 491-2018.