Pink Eye Treatment
Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as 'pink eye,' is a common ailment in children, though adults can contract it as well. If you suspect you may have contracted pink eye, our optometrist at Wight Eye Care in Loves Park can help. Our team provides professional care and guidance to patients experiencing issues with their eye health.
What Is Pink Eye?
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the thin, clear tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and the eyeball's outer layer. It can spread quickly in schools and other places where children gather, but it is rarely a serious condition, especially when caught early on and addressed quickly. People who visit our optometry practice with pink eye often contract it from:
- Irritants (shampoo, smoke, dirt, chlorine, etc.)
- An allergic reaction
- A reaction to eye drops
- Certain STDs
Symptoms of Pink Eye
The symptoms of pink eye depend on the cause of the inflammation and often includes:
- Red or pink tinge to the white of the eye
- Light sensitivity
- Increased tear production
- Yellow, green, or white discharge from the eye
- Blurred vision
- Swollen conjunctiva
Common Treatments for Pink Eye
The most effective treatments for pink eye include both professional care by optometry specialists and self-care by patients. This dual approach helps patients obtain relief from symptoms and also stops their pink eye from spreading. Here are some recommendations if you are suffering from a specific form of pink eye:
Pink eye caused by simple irritants – the best approach is to wash the eye carefully with clean water. Symptoms should improve within four hours.
Pink eye caused by allergies – you should avoid your allergens when possible and take the proper antihistamines or prescribed medications.
Pink eye caused by viruses – there isn't much to be done. Much like the common cold, the viral form typically must run its course of 4 to 7 days. It's best for the patient to avoid contact with others during this time, as they will be very contagious.
Pink eye caused by bacteria – antibiotics in the form of pills, eye drops, or ointments may be prescribed.
Contact Us for Optometry Treatment in Loves Park, IL
Our optometry center in Loves Park is a full-service center equipped with the technology needed to diagnose and treat both chronic and acute eye health issues. Call us today for treatment from our highly trained optometrist. You can also book an appointment with us online at your convenience. Schedule an exam with Wight Eye Care today to take care of your vision.