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Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be quite transmittable and quickly spread in school and at the office.

Conjunctivitis is seen when the conjunctiva, or thin transparent layer of tissue covering the white part of the eye, becomes inflamed. You can identify conjunctivitis if you notice eye redness, discharge, itching or swollen eyelids and a crusty discharge surrounding the eyes early in the day. Pink eye infections can be divided into three main types: viral, allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis.

The viral type is usually a result of a similar virus to that which produces the recognizable red, watery eyes, sore throat and runny nose of the common cold. The red, itchy, watery eyes caused by viral pink eye are likely to last from a week to two and then will clear up on their own. You may however, be able to reduce some of the discomfort by using soothing drops or compresses. Viral pink eye is transmittable until it is completely cleared up, so in the meantime maintain excellent hygiene, remove eye discharge and try to avoid using communal pillowcases or towels. If your son or daughter has viral conjunctivitis, he or she will have to be kept home from school for three days to a week until symptoms disappear.

A bacterial infection such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or cream. One should notice an improvement within just a few days of antibiotic drops, but be sure to adhere to the full prescription dosage to prevent pink eye from recurring.

Allergic pink eye is not contagious. It is usually a result of a known allergy such as hay fever or pet allergies that sets off an allergic reaction in their eyes. First of all, to treat allergic pink eye, you should eliminate the irritant. Use cool compresses and artificial tears to relieve discomfort in mild cases. When the infection is more severe, your eye doctor might prescribe a medication such as an anti-inflammatory or antihistamine. In cases of chronic allergic pink eye, topical steroid eye drops could be used.

Pink eye should always be diagnosed by a qualified eye doctor in order to identify the type and best course of treatment. Never treat yourself! Keep in mind the sooner you begin treatment, the lower chance you have of giving pink eye to loved ones or prolonging your discomfort.

 

Hello, everyone! We've missed you! We are excited to let you know that we are resuming routine eye care effective Mon., May 11, 2020.

Our front desk has been working hard to reschedule our patients and we have extended our hours slightly for the month of May. All patient encounters are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY for the safety of our patients and staff. Please be assured that we are taking all CDC recommended safety precautions including:

* Having patients call or text when they have arrive for their appointment. Please remain in car until called in.

* Taking temperatures of patients and staff before entry and asking COVID-specific questions

* Require that patients and staff wear their own mask

* Limiting appointments to patient only (unless under the age of 10)

* Require that patients wash hands when they enter building for appointment

* Require that staff wash hands when they come to work and throughout the day

* Thoroughly disinfect all exam rooms in between EVERY patient using enhanced cleaning measures

* Minimize contact by asking patients to text photo of ID and insurance prior to appointment

We will continually evaluate and adjust our safety precautions as necessary. Thank you for your cooperation in an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy. We can't wait to see you!

Thank you for your continued loyalty and patience as we navigate these unprecedented times. Be well!

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