Understanding conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis | South side eye careDid you wake up this morning with red, itchy eyes that are crusted over? Are you experiencing eye irritation which is making it difficult to function during the day? Have you been exposed to pink eye? If so, you may have conjunctivitis yourself! Conjunctivitis, known more as conjunctivitis, is a condition that can impact one’s eyes. It causes the eyes to become pink and red and may be extremely uncomfortable. Conjunctivitis is also extremely contagious, so if often makes its rounds in school, daycares, and workplaces.

What causes conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis often falls underneath one of two types: viral or bacterial. In some instances, patients may experience conjunctivitis as an allergic reaction to something in the air, such as pollen or smoke. Certain ingredients used in cosmetics or even chlorine in a swimming pool can also cause the development of conjunctivitis. This type is known as “allergic” conjunctivitis.

What is the treatment for conjunctivitis?

The treatment for pink eye will vary depending on the type of condition that is present. Allergic conjunctivitis may be improved with avoidance of triggers and the use of over-the-counter eye drops. Viral conjunctivitis can be improved with eye drops, but usually needs to “run its course.” Patients who have bacterial conjunctivitis, however, can address the condition with the use of antibiotic eye drops. During an evaluation, the doctor will be able to assess what type of conjunctivitis is present and provide the most appropriate treatment based on the results.

Who is at risk of getting conjunctivitis?

There is no risk factor or specific conditions that can lead to the development of conjunctivitis. The condition can impact anyone at any age. By knowing the symptoms, patients can get a proper diagnosis early on and combat the condition as needed with appropriate treatment recommendations from their doctor.

Obtain an evaluation today!

Southside Eye Care works with adults who are experiencing problems such as conjunctivitis and require the assistance of a medical professional. Drs. Michael Keverline, Theodore Hallberg, and Erin Savage are available for Chesapeake, VA area patients who are faced with this or other complications of the eyes and vision. Call (757) 484-0101 today to connect with our team and discuss your vision health concerns.

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