Conjunctivitis is the medical term for infection or inflammation of the thin, transparent layer that lines the inside of the eyelids and the white portion of the eye. “Pink eye” is another common term used to refer to conjunctivitis.
What are the Symptoms of Conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis may occur in one or both eyes
Gritty feeling in eyes
Discharge and swollen eyelids
Pink color in the whites of the eyes
How Common is Conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis is especially common in children
The best way to prevent most conjunctivitis is to practice good hygiene in ways such as washing your hands regularly and avoiding touching your eyes with your hands
What Causes Conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis can be caused by either bacterial or viral infections
It can also be caused by an allergic reaction to sources such as smoke, cosmetics or chlorine
Conjunctivitis can also be caused by sexually transmitted diseases
How is Conjunctivitis Diagnosed?
Diagnosing conjunctivitis begins with a comprehensive eye exam at Ducklo EyeCare
During this exam, your doctor uses tests to focus on the conjunctiva and surrounding tissues to verify the presence of a conjunctivitis
How is Conjunctivitis Treated?
There are three main goals in the treatment of a conjunctivitis:
Increase your comfort level
Reduce the course of the infection/inflammation
Prevent spread of infection
It is important for individuals who wear contact lenses to discontinue using their lenses during the course of the conjunctivitis to prevent recurrence Conjunctivitis