CONJUNCTIVITIS

Commonly known as pink eye. This occurs when the thin transparent layer of tissue that covers the inner surface of the eyelid and the white part of the eye, becomes irritated and inflamed. It may be caused by different agents: allergies, viruses or bacteria.

Allergic Conjunctivitis

It generally affects both eyes. May experience teary, red, itchy and swollen eyelids. You experience allergic conjunctivitis when your body tries to defend itself against a perceived threat. For instance, pollen from trees and grass as well as animal dander. There are various treatment methods.

– For mild allergic reactions, lubrication with artificial tears and cool compresses.

– In more severe cases, Optometrist will prescribe anti-allergic drops to ease the symptoms away.

 

Bacterial Conjunctivitis

May experience mucous greenish discharge, burning, eyelids stuck together upon awakening, discomfort, light sensitivity but there is no pain. Bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria that infect the eye through various sources of contamination. It is contagious, therefore it is critical to maintaining proper hygiene, so as to not contaminate or expose others. This condition is usually self-limited, it usually lasts for 1 or 2 weeks, however, it can also be treated with topical antibiotics to reduce the length of the symptoms and reduce the risk of contaminating others.

 

Viral Conjunctivitis

May experience irritation, tearing and sensitivity to light. The infection starts in one eye and rapidly spreads to the other eye. Different viruses lead to Viral conjunctivitis. It is highly contagious, as airborne viruses can be spread through sneezing and coughing. In addition, Viral conjunctivitis can also come from common viral upper respiratory infections such as measles, the flu or the common cold. Viral conjunctivitis is self-limited; it will dissipate on its own after a short period of time. No eye drops or ointments are effective against the common viruses that cause viral conjunctivitis.

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