Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva, which lines your eyelids and covers the white parts of your eye. This condition does not cause vision problems, but it can cause very uncomfortable symptoms. Fortunately, this condition can be easily treated by our eye doctors at Today's Vision Barker Cypress in Cypress, TX.
Types of Conjunctivitis
There are a few types of conjunctivitis, and they all cause similar symptoms. These types include:
- Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis can be caused by a virus or bacteria. These types often occur if you have a cold, sore throat, or respiratory infection. You can also get bacterial conjunctivitis by wearing contacts that have not been cleaned properly. Both types can affect one or both eyes and are very contagious.
- Allergic conjunctivitis: This type is caused by an allergy-causing substance such as pollen and can affect both eyes. When a substance gets in your eyes, your body will produce histamine, which can cause allergic symptoms and pink eye.
- Irritation conjunctivitis: This type occurs if you get chemicals or a foreign object in your eye. This type does not require medical treatment unless flushing your eye does not resolve the symptoms. This type of conjunctivitis often lasts for a day or two.
Risk Factors for Conjunctivitis
There are a few issues that can put you at risk for conjunctivitis. These include:
- Coming into contact with someone who has viral or bacterial conjunctivitis.
- Exposure to something you are allergic to.
- Leaving your contacts in for too long or using extended wear lenses.
The Symptoms of Conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis causes a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. These include:
- A gritty feeling in one or both eyes
- Itchiness in one or both eyes
- Redness in one or both eyes
- Discharge that forms while you sleep, making it difficult to open your eyes in the morning.
Treating Pink Eye
There are a few treatment options for conjunctivitis and many can be performed at home. These include:
- Artificial tears will relieve the gritty feeling and itchiness.
- Cleaning your eyelids with a wet cloth several times per day
- Applying a cold or warm compress to the eyes several times per day
- Avoid wearing contact lenses until the treatment is complete
- Antiviral medication for viral conjunctivitis
- Antibiotics for bacterial conjunctivitis
Get Treatment for Pink Eye in Cypress, TX
If you are experiencing the symptoms of conjunctivitis, schedule an appointment at Today's Vision Barker Cypress. Our doctors of optometry will determine the type of conjunctivitis you have and treat the condition accordingly. Call our team today at (281) 758-3083 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.