The conjunctiva is the clear tissue that covers your eyes and the inside part of your eyelids. When the conjunctiva gets irritated, a condition known as conjunctivitis, your eyes may develop a pinkish hue. This is why conjunctivitis is sometimes called “pink eye.”
Read on as The Eye Doctors, your leading provider of high-quality eyeglasses and other eye care services, tells you everything you need to know about pink eye.
Allergic conjunctivitis occurs when an irritant enters your eyes and triggers a hypersensitivity reflex from your immune system. Pollen is the common culprit, especially during the spring. Dust, animal dander and lint can also act as allergens. Your eyes may become itchy and watery when this happens. A burning sensation, sensitivity to light and runny nose are also common. We may provide antihistamines or anti-inflammatory medications to control these symptoms.
Viral Pink Eye
Viral pink eye is usually caused by the same virus that causes the common cold. Keep in mind that this type of conjunctivitis is contagious, which is why you should refrain from sharing personal things with others. Remember to wash your hands often. Like the allergic type, viral pink eye may cause your eyes to itch and water. You may be more sensitive to glare as well. This condition is considered a self-limiting disease, which means it generally resolves on its own after a few days. We may advise applying a cold, wet washcloth to your eyes several times a day to improve your comfort.
Bacterial conjunctivitis develops when bacteria enters your eyes and infects your conjunctiva. Your eyes may produce thick, sticky, greenish-yellow discharges. This is a communicable form of pink eye often spread through hand-to-eye contact. Your eye doctor may prescribe antibiotic ointments or eye drops to stop the spread of bacterial pink eye. Apply them as recommended and complete the whole course. As always, observe proper hygienic practices to prevent the spread of the disease.
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