Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, affects more than five million adults and children in the United States every year. Pink eye is a commonly treated eye condition, however, it can be uncomfortable and affect your daily routine. Our optometrist at Manufacturer Direct Eyewear | Power Optics in Deerfield Beach, FL, can help reduce your symptoms and make wearing contacts or eyeglasses tolerable again. Before you pay us a visit, read about some frequently asked questions regarding pink eye below:
What is pink eye?
Pink eye occurs when the conjunctiva is inflamed and can be caused by allergies or an infection. Most people with pink eye experience red or swollen eyes and a sticky discharge. The condition can occur in one or both eyes and some types of conjunctivitis are highly contagious.
How do you get pink eye?
There are four leading causes of pink eye, and only two, viral and bacterial conjunctivitis, are highly contagious. Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis speed quickly from person to person by direct contact, interaction with an infected object, or can be airborne. Overusing your contacts, damage to the eye, and foreign objects entering your eyes can also cause the condition. damage to the eye, or a foreign object in the eye. Essentially, anything irritating the eye could develop into a non-contagious type of pink eye.
What are some symptoms of pink eye?
Pink eye can show up in various ways and mainly depends on the root cause of the condition. Common contagious symptoms may include redness and a watery or thick discharge from the eye, which can occur due to a cold, sore throat, ear infection, or upper respiratory tract infection. Symptoms typically start in one eye and can spread to the other within a few days. Some symptoms that are not contagious can include red or pink color in the eye, swelling, itchiness, and watering eyes. In addition, some people experience mucus discharge and pain.
How can pink eye be treated?
In many cases, symptoms that are contagious and those that are not clear up a week or two. If the pink eye does not clear up on its own, seeing our optometrist can provide you the treatment that you need to alleviate your discomfort. We can prescribe eye drops and medications that can eliminate the pink eye and provide guidance on at-home care. Sometimes placing a cool washcloth on your eyes may provide you with relief.
Contact us for Treatment Today!
If you are experiencing symptoms of pink eye, we recommend consulting with our optometrist at Manufacturer Direct Eyewear | Power Optics in Deerfield Beach, FL. Whether your contacts or an infection is causing the discomfort, we can offer treatment and provide tips on how to prevent pink eye from reoccurring. Call us at (954) 570-9293 to schedule an appointment!