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Conjunctivitis (Red Eye)

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Visit Us for Relief From Your Conjunctivitis (Red Eye/Pink Eye) Symptoms.

Conjunctivitis earned its nickname (Red Eye/Pink Eye) due to the way it presents itself. It has numerous causes, from benign to bacterial, and many methods of treatment as a result.

Most forms of conjunctivitis are environmental, caused by allergies or contaminants in your environment. However, highly contagious forms caused by bacteria and viruses are also quite common- particularly in academic settings (kids seem to love contracting pathogenic conjunctivitis).

We have advanced equipment and testing procedures that will quickly diagnose the cause of your conjunctivitis. From there we can prescribe the appropriate treatment, providing you quick relief from the uncomfortable symptoms.

When making an appointment, please be sure to specify that you are coming in for conjunctivitis diagnosis/treatment.

There are many causes of conjunctivitis. The most common are:

  • Environmental – smoke, dust, allergens
  • Chemical – shampoos, soap, cleaning products, perfumes, incense, solvents, etc.
  • Pathogenic – certain types of bacteria and viruses

The primary symptom is also its namesake: a red or pink eye. Other symptoms include:

  • Runny, watery eyes
  • Itchy, scratchy, burning eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Redness of the eye and surrounding tissues
  • Difficulty keeping the eye open
  • Discomfort when touched

In most cases, conjunctivitis is easily diagnosed during a standard eye exam1. If your case of conjunctivitis is quite severe, or if your cornea is affected, we may send eye secretion samples for lab analysis.

Environmental causes are generally treated by removing the irritant from your area of influence. We can help identify which irritant or chemical is causing the reaction.

A similar case exists for allergens: removing the allergen from your area of influence is best. We can help identify what you are reacting to, though you may require proper allergy testing.

Treatment for conjunctivitis depends on its cause. If the cause is bacterial we will prescribe antibiotics (we may choose not to do so if your case of pink eye is minor or already well on its way to clearing).

If the cause is viral, we can provide treatment for the symptoms but the virus itself will need to run its course (typically in about one to two weeks).

To address the symptoms, we can provide medicated eye drops (decongestants, antihistamines, anti-inflammatories), oral medication (decongestants, antihistamines, anti-inflammatories), non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), or in severe cases, steroidal eye drops.

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