Conjunctivitis is a common and often very contagious condition more commonly referred to as pink eye. Conjunctivitis often involves inflammation and swelling of the conjunctiva or the clear membrane covering the eye and lining the inner eyelids. Very common among young children particularly those in school or daycare, conjunctivitis typically pose no real threat to the patient’s vision or wellness.
Causes and Risk Factors
- Allergic reactions
- Viral contamination
- Bacterial contamination
- Exposure to irritants or chemical pollutants
Signs and Symptoms of Conjunctivitis
One of the more commonly reported signs and symptoms of conjunctivitis include discomfort and pain in the eye, accompanied by redness or swelling of the eyelid, hence the name “pinkeye.” Patients may experience reddening of the inner and outer eyelid or may experience swollen eyelids. Some patients may report increased sensitivity to light and other irritants including the wind.
Many patients with conjunctivitis will have discharge from the eyes that may be clear, white, green or yellow in color. Yellow or green discharge from the eye may suggest an infection and may require antibiotics or other forms of aggressive treatment.
Treatment and Prevention
The best treatment for conjunctivitis is prevention. You can prevent an infection by washing your hands regularly and avoiding touching the eyes or face unnecessarily. If infected you should throw out any cosmetics or other eye products that may result in re-contamination.
Fortunately conjunctivitis more often than not is a minor condition that will clear up on its own in one to two weeks. If you have any of the signs or symptoms of conjunctivitis, be sure to consult with us at 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore,your health care provider determines the cause and select an appropriate treatment.
If you are facing eye problem or eye infection drop in at 20/20 EyeGlass Superstore we are always ready to help you anytime. We also have Independent Optometrists located on site who will be happy to examine your vision. Walk-in’s are welcome but we ask that you come 15 minutes prior to your desired appointment time.
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