Pink eye is an irritating condition caused by a bacterial or viral infection, an allergic reaction, or a clogged tear duct. Those with pink eye experience inflammation or infection covering the eyelid and part or whole of the eyeball. When the small blood vessels in the eye become inflamed, it causes a reddish or pink look to the whites in the eyes. If you are experiencing symptoms of pink eye, call to schedule an appointment with our team at Manufacturer Direct Eyewear in Deerfield Beach for diagnosis and treatment.
Symptoms of Pink Eye
Pink eye can come on suddenly, causing discomfort and sensitivity to light. Depending on the type of pink eye and the cause, patients experience pink eye differently. It is possible to experience one, two, or more of the following symptoms associated with pink eye.
- Redness in one or both eyes
- Itchiness in one or both eyes
- The sensation of sand or gritty material in one or both eyes
- Cloudy discharge from one or both eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Trouble wearing contacts
- Blurred vision, even when wearing eyeglasses
Common Causes of Pink Eye
Common causes of pink eye include:
- Chemicals in the eye
- Foreign objects in the eye
- Blocked tear ducts
- Viral and conjunctivitis
- Over wearing contacts
Pink Eye Treatment
Eye doctors focus on symptom relief when treating pink eye and often recommend using artificial tears, medicated eye drops, and applying a cold or warm compress to the affected eye several times a day. If you wear contacts, stop wearing them right away and if disposable, throw out the contacts and use a new pair when symptoms clear up. If pink eye results from allergies, it is best to avoid what is causing the allergic reaction.
When to See an Optician or Eye Doctor
Our optometrist can help diagnose and treat pink eye, helping provide you with relief from the symptoms. If you experience any pink eye symptoms, remove your contacts and wear eyeglasses until symptoms subside. If symptoms last more than 12 to 24 hours, schedule an appointment to see our eye doctor right away for urgent care.
Schedule an Appointment in Deerfield Beach
If your pink eye symptoms are not cleaning up on their own, call our team for diagnosis and treatment. Our eye doctor will examine your eyes and develop a treatment plan, including topical ointments or antibiotics. Call to schedule an appointment with Manufacturer Direct Eyewear in Deerfield Beach for professional pink eye treatment.