The conjunctiva is tissue that covers the inside of the eyelid and the white part of the eye. Like other parts of the body, the conjunctiva is subject to harm and inflammation. Conjunctivitis is when the conjunctiva experiences inflammation or swelling. At Eyes on Henry, we are able to treat a wide variety of eye health issues, including conjunctivitis.
Signs and Symptoms of Pink Eye (a.k.a. Conjunctivitis)
Those with conjunctivitis may experience the following symptoms: pink or red eyes, a burning or itchy sensation in the eyes, tearing, mucous discharge, swollen eyelids, and blurred vision. While pink eye isn't usually a serious condition, it can cause discomfort and may cause worsening of your vision if left untreated over time.
Causes of Conjunctivitis
There are different types of conjunctivitis, often depending on the cause of the condition. Allergic conjunctivitis can result from the presence of certain allergens or from a foreign object entering the eye. There is chemical conjunctivitis, caused by exposure to air pollutants, pool chlorine, and other harmful chemicals. Then there is infectious conjunctivitis, caused by bacterial and viral infections. The cause of conjunctivitis can be determined through a series of tests performed by your optometrist.
How to Diagnose and Treat Pink Eye
Pink eye is diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination. A Patient history, visual acuity measurement, lab testing, and supplemental testing may be done to determine the presence and cause of conjunctivitis. Once a diagnosis of conjunctivitis is confirmed, your doctor will provide you with a treatment option for your type of conjunctivitis. Treatment typically depends on the cause of conjunctivitis:
- Allergic conjunctivitis is treated by removing the allergic irritants from the eye. This can be done through artificial tears, ice compresses, steroid eye drops, antihistamines, or other medications.
- Bacterial conjunctivitis cases are treated with antibiotic eye drops and ointments.
- Chemical conjunctivitis is treated by flushing the eyes with saline or a topical steroid.
- Viral conjunctivitis is like a “cold” in the eye. The “cold” has to run its course, but symptoms can be treated with steroid drops and cold compresses.
Finding a Quality Eye Care Professional Near You
Have you been living with pink eye for a while now? If so, then it may be time to visit your local eye health clinic. Eyes on Henry is available to the residents of Spartanburg. Pink eye is just one of the many conditions we treat. Contact us at 864-585-0208 to schedule your appointment.