Pink Eye Treatment
Pink eye, known formally as conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva in the eye. That's the thin and transparent lining found over the white of the eye and behind the eyelid. When the tiny vessels in the eye become inflamed, they look pink or red, giving pink eye its name. Our eye doctor at Main Street Optometry in Northport NY, can properly diagnose a case of pink eye and prescribe treatments to clear the inflammation and make the eye comfortable again.
What Causes Pink Eye?
Pink eye is most commonly caused by a virus. The same virus can also cause respiratory symptoms like a runny nose. Viral conjunctivitis usually begins in only one eye. That eye becomes teary and may have discharge. The discharge might crust over during sleep and make it difficult to open the eye. The eye might feel gritty or dry and itch or burn. Then the virus will often present itself in the other eye as well and there could be swelling in the lymph nodes. Vision might be blurry and the eyes may be more sensitive to light.
Pink eye can also be caused by bacteria. Often that bacterial inflammation only shows up in one eye. Pink eye may be caused by irritants like pool chlorine or allergens like pollen. Sometimes newborns develop a type of bacterial pink eye that can be very serious.
Treating Pink Eye
At home you can try a warm washcloth compresses to help ease the discomfort. Just be sure to always use a fresh cloth and do not cross-contaminate the eyes. Lubricating eye drops may also provide some relief. Our doctor of optometry here at Main Street Optometry can prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointment for bacterial pink eye.
Contact lens wearers should stop using their lenses during pink eye. It's also a good idea to throw out any eye makeup you were using when the symptoms started since Pink Eye can be quite contagious.
When to See an Eye Doctor
A doctor of optometry can diagnose a case of pink eye and prescribe the best remedy. Call our office immediately if your pink eye symptoms include:
- Severe eye pain
- Blurry vision that can't be cleared by blinking
- Vision loss
- Swelling around the eye
You should see a doctor if your symptoms continue to get worse and there are no respiratory issues like a runny nose. Any newborn with a suspected case of pink eye should also be seen by a doctor right away.
Call our Office Today for Treatment
Call Main Street Optometry in Northport NY at (631) 757-6190 if you suspect you have a case of pink eye or need routine eye care.