If you think you have pink eye, then you’ve come to the right place for treatment and prevention information. While it may sound frightening, this condition is common and in most cases, it will clear up on its’ own, depending on whether it is a bacterial or viral eye infection. The proper terminology for this condition is conjunctivitis, and it is an inflammation of the thin, clear covering of the white of the eye and the inside of the eyelids (conjunctiva). Anything that triggers inflammation will cause these conjunctival blood vessels to dilate. This is what causes red, bloodshot eyes, hence the popular “pink eye” name. Let’s examine the difference between viral and bacterial pink eye, along with a guide to proper treatment, a list of symptoms, and prevention of conjunctivitis.
Viral Pink Eye
This type of pink eye is caused by a virus, just like the common cold. It is quite contagious but will usually clear up by itself without medical intervention. It can be spread by coughing and sneezing and some of the symptoms include watery, itchy eyes, and a sensitivity to light. Either eye can be affected by viral conjunctivitis, or both eyes. Over the course of a few days, viral pink eye should clear up on its’ own. A common at-home remedy calls for applying a cold, wet washcloth to the affected eye multiple times a day which will help relieve the symptoms.
Bacterial Pink Eye
If left untreated, bacterial conjunctivitis can cause eye damage, and it is recommended to see an optometrist such as our specialists at the Eye Doc of Boca Raton for professional treatment, including a prescription for an antibiotic eye drop, wash, or ointment. The symptoms of bacterial pink eye can include a greenish-yellow discharge from the affected corner of the eye. It is very contagious, usually spreading by direct contact with infected hands or items that touch your eye such as towels.
How To Prevent Pink Eye
We’ve compiled a list of tips that help with conjunctivitis prevention:
Do not share your personal bathroom items with anyone.
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes excessively.
Never share any type of contact lenses (such as color or special effect) with your friends. This is an easy way to spread a pink eye infection.
Wash your hands frequently, most importantly when you are in public areas.
Always clean surfaces such as countertops, bathroom vanities, faucet handles and shared phones if you use these surfaces with other people.
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