Having pink eye (medically identified as conjunctivitis) is inconvenient and uncomfortable, but unfortunately it happens. With pink eye, there is inflammation of the tissue in the eye, surrounding the eyeball as well as under the eyelid. It occurs because of an infection in the eye, and most commonly because of a virus. Sometimes pink eye can occur as a result of certain germs or even various allergens.
The symptoms of pink eye
Symptoms of pink eye are usually quite apparent. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is important to try and not touch your eye at all, as it can easily be spread to the other eye or someone else’s eye. If your symptoms last more than two or three days, then you should consider seeing your optometrist in Keller. The symptoms of conjunctivitis often include:
- Redness of the eye
- Swelling of the eye and surrounding area
- Burning of the eye
- Redness of the skin around the eye
- Itching or tingling of the eye
- Tender skin around the eyes
- Blurry vision or light sensitivity
- Watering of the eye
- Yellowish discharge of the eye
How to treat pink eye
The treatment for pink eye will be dependent upon the cause of the infection, whether it be allergens, germs, or a virus. Pink eye that is caused by a virus usually will go away on its own. If the pink eye is caused by bacteria, it can also go away without treatment, but it may take a bit longer. You may want to have your eye doctor prescribe you antibiotic eye drops to heal the eye. If your pink eye is a result of allergens, your doctor will recommend you avoid contact with the causing allergens and may possibly prescribe you eye drops to soothe your symptoms.
How to avoid spreading pink eye
If you have pink eye you need to make sure to wash your hands properly and often. Use disposable items to dry your hands and face to avoid spreading the infection to a towel that will be reused. Don’t share personal items with anyone and try to avoid direct physical contact with others.
You should also avoid wearing eye make-up on the infected eye or your makeup items can pick up the germs and cause the pink eye to spread to the other eye or reoccur. You should also avoid wearing contact lenses in the infected eye. If your child has pink eye that is caused by germs, it is best to keep them home from school to avoid spreading it to other children.
If your pink eye is causing more than mild discomfort or lasts more than three days you should visit your doctor. If you are looking for an optometrist in Keller come see us here at First Eye Care and we will be happy to help address any visual discomfort or issues you are experiencing. Contact us today if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.