Pink Eye Treatment at Our Prudhomme Vision in Manchester, Connecticut
"Pink eye" is a common term for a medical condition called conjunctivitis. There are several types of pink eye, and the more contagious versions tend to be spread around schools, daycares, and other professions that interact with lots of children. Here at Prudhomme Vision in Manchester, we treat patients with pink eye regularly.
What is Pink Eye?
Pink eye is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the thin, clear tissue that covers the front of the eye. It gets its name from the appearance of an eye with conjunctivitis—they are usually pink or red due to inflammation. Other common symptoms include watering, itching, excessive crustiness, a burning sensation, light sensitivity, and pus.
Types of Pink Eye
There are three main causes of pink eye:
Both viral and bacterial pink eye is contagious, but it is the viral version that tends to be spread around schools and daycares. Allergic conjunctivitis can occur when the eye becomes irritated because of exposure to an allergen. This form of pink eye is not contagious. Other things that can cause pink eye-like symptoms include chemical or physical irritants, fungi, amoebas, and parasites.
Pink Eye Treatment
There are dangerous forms of pink eye, but most varieties are more of an irritant than a major issue. There is no particular treatment for the viral version, which must simply run its course, like a cold. However, this type of pink eye is very contagious, so you must take precautions to avoid spreading it.
Antibiotics, either systemic oral medications or topical drops or ointments, are used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis is treated with antihistamines in many cases, either oral or in the form of eye drops. Avoiding the allergen, if at all possible, is the most effective remedy.
At-home treatment for the symptoms of conjunctivitis focus on providing relief and avoiding spreading the condition:
- Wipe your eyes with tissues or cotton balls and throw them away immediately.
- Try not to touch your eyes with your hands.
- Wash your hands regularly, or use hand sanitizer if you cannot wash right away.
- Use a warm, wet washcloth to relieve symptoms, but do not share this washcloth with anyone.
- Artificial tears are okay but do not use any kind of eye drops with medications in them unless your optometrist tells you to.
Contact Prudhomme Vision in Manchester, Connecticut For Help Today!
Our optometry center in Manchester can diagnose and treat your pink eye. While the viral pink eye is the most common variety, there can be a number of causes of pink eye symptoms, so it is important to get a proper diagnosis. To make an appointment with our optometry center, call 860-644-3364 today!