Pink Eye Symptoms and Treatment
Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is inflammation of the clear covering of the white of the eye. This inflammation causes the characteristic redness which gives pink eye its name. It’s important to note that there is more than one type of pink eye. Conjunctivitis can be caused by viral, fungal, and bacterial infections, allergens, and various other irritants. Here at Hofacre Optometric Corporation, we treat pink eye in adults, seniors, and children. We have two offices: one in Chino Hills and one in San Dimas.
The primary symptom of pink eye is eye redness. Other symptoms include a green or yellow discharge from the eyes, itchiness, watery eyes, burning sensations, and sensitivity to light.
Ways to Avoid Pink Eye
Avoid touching your eyes whenever possible and wash your hands with warm water and soap if it cannot be avoided. When working, wash your hands frequently when dealing with children and office equipment. Clean shared equipment like phones, computers, and door handles with an antiseptic cleanser. Swim wearing googles to protect your eyes while in the water. Remove contact lenses before showering or bathing.
Treatment for Pink Eye
When conjunctivitis is caused by viral infections our ophthalmologist will recommend eye drops or suggest applying a clean cool washcloth to your eyes during the day. During your appointment at our optometry office, our doctor will examine your eyes and evaluate your symptoms to determine the cause of your pink eye. Viral conjunctivitis tends to last 4 to 7 days and is often not contagious.
Pink eye caused by bacterial infections is treated by with antibiotic eye drops or ointments. These topical treatments often have to be applied two to four times a day. You may also need to take an oral antibiotic to help clear up any excess infection. It may take one to two weeks for bacterial conjunctivitis to clear up completely.
Conjunctivitis caused by irritants tends to ameliorate itself given time, but if you are experiencing severe pain or other alarming symptoms, do not hesitate to seek treatment.
Contact Us for an Appointment
Contact us at Hofacre Optometric Corporation to make an appointment in our Chino Hills or San Dimas location when you or a family member has pink eye. It's always a good to treat infectious conjunctivitis quickly, before any lasting damage is done to your eyes. Call Chino Hills location at 909-628-0091 or San Dimas location at 909-394-4545.