Commonly referred to as “pink eye”, conjunctivitis is a common eye disease that is experienced by both adults and children. It may affect one eye or both and is caused by viruses, bacteria, chemical irritants, and allergies.
Pink eye is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin clear tissue that lies over the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid. The most common symptoms of conjunctivitis are an itchy or burning sensation, increased amount of tears, redness in the whites of the eye or inner eyelid, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and a thick yellow, green, or white discharge that crusts over the eyelashes, especially after sleep.
While pink eye is usually only a minor irritant, it can develop into a more serious condition if left untreated. When being treated at the earliest stages, our doctors will likely prescribe specially medicated eye drops. However, if this disease has already been left untreated for too long, we may recommend a more comprehensive solution.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with pink eye, please schedule an eye exam so that we can provide you with the fastest and most convenient healthcare solution.
Pink eye is relatively simple to treat. Most patients will be prescribed a combination of antibiotic eye drops or medicated ointment and are recommended to keep the area clean. Following treatment, pink eye symptoms generally clear within 3 to 4 days.