Guide to Manage Pink Eye with Our Eye Doctor
Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is when the clear tissue over the eyeball called the conjunctiva becomes inflamed. The inflammation causes the blood vessels to swell, making the eye's white part look red or pink. What causes this inflammation, and how do you treat it? Our team at Lavenburg Medical Group in Elkton, MD, answers these questions and more in the guide below.
Pink Eye Causes
Pink eye is usually due to one of three things:
- Bacterial infection
- Viral infection
- Allergic reaction
Of the three causes of pink eye, a viral infection is the most likely culprit. This cause is because such diseases are very contagious. Kids often pick them up at school and daycare, but they can spread around workplaces.
Bacterial infections can be contagious. Although, allergic reactions are not infectious. These include exposure to contaminants like smoke, pollen, animals, and other environmental factors.
Symptoms of Pink Eye
Conjunctivitis can come with some uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Itchiness and burning
- Puffy eyes
- Excessive tearing
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurry vision
Pink Eye Treatment
Pink eye treatment depends on the cause. A visit to our optometrist or ophthalmologist is the best way to determine the cause, ensuring you get the best medicine. Typically, treatment will include one of the following basic models.
- Allergic reaction - If allergies are to blame, our optometrist will likely recommend taking allergy medication and using specific eye drops.
- Bacterial infection - Our ophthalmologist will likely prescribe antibiotic medication, ointment, or eye drops when bacteria are to blame.
- Viral infection - Unfortunately, a virus has to run its course, so there’s typically no specific treatment. However, your eye doctor can suggest tips to reduce discomfort, such as using a cool, damp washcloth.
Treat Pink Eye with Our Eye Doctor
If you suspect you’ve developed pink eye or one of your children has picked it up, visit our team at Lavenburg Medical Group in Elkton, MD. We’ll ensure that pink eye is at the root of your symptoms and recommend the best treatment, helping you achieve relief as quickly as possible. Call (302) 993-0722 to schedule your appointment today.