At the office of Optical Outlets, we provide leading-edge care for the treatment of conjunctivitis, which is a common eye infection that is often referred to as pink eye. If your eyes are itchy, red and inflamed due to conjunctivitis, we offer prompt care to alleviate your discomfort and treat the infection
Pink eye can be caused by viruses, allergens, bacteria, a foreign body lodged in the eye, or even chemicals. The condition occurs when the clear layer of membrane that covers the whites of the eyes and the inside of the eyelid become inflamed. There are a large number of viruses that can cause conjunctivitis and viral pink eye is highly contagious. If you have pink eye, it’s advisable to try to stay home so as to avoid exposing others at school or at work. The viral form of pink eye can result in large outbreaks. The bacterial form is more common and less contagious. The bacterial form of pink eye is more common in children than in adults. It is also one of the leading causes of children being sent home from school. If you wear contact lenses, be advised that wearing them overnight, or handling them improperly can result in a buildup of bacteria that can cause eye infections, which is why it’s important to talk to our team about how to properly utilize and care for your contacts.
If you believe that you or your child is suffering from pink eye, call our office immediately to schedule an appointment. Treatment may include antibiotics in the form of eyedrops or as an oral medication. We’ll also recommend other measures to help alleviate the discomfort of conjunctivitis. Other tips for preventing pink eye, include throwing away and not using old cosmetics, using only clean towels and washcloths, and frequent handwashing.
It’s important to keep in mind that symptoms of pink eye may overlap with more serious conditions that can affect your eye health and vision. For this reason, it’s important to visit our office for an accurate diagnosis and care.
At the office of Optical Outlets, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.