Treatment Options for Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

Treatment for Pink Eye - London, UK

Aug 2, 2016 @ 01:13 PM — by csbailey
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A woman using medicated eyedropsThe people of London need skilled doctors to help them through their vision and eye health issues. Our practice is proud to provide advanced eye care services, keeping our focus on comfort, clarity, quality, and patient wellness.

Numerous patients have come to our practice experiencing conjunctivitis, which you may know better as pink eye. Let's take a moment to consider pink eye and how it can be properly treated.

About Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

Pink eye is an eye infection, and one of the most well known types of eye infections. The condition affects the conjunctiva, a transparent membrane that lines the inside of the eyelid and covers the white portion of the eyes. When pink eye occurs, the irritation of the white portion of the eye leads to the appearance of red and pink blood vessels. This is how pink eye got its name.

It's possible for pink eye to affect both eyes or just one eye. While pink eye can be a major inconvenience, it generally has no affect on your vision quality. Regardless, it's important to take care of the problem should it arise.

Causes and Types of Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

There are a few potential causes of pink eye:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Allergic reactions
  • Foreign irritants in the eye

Bacterial pink eye is the type people tend to know best. This is sort of pink eye is associated with children and adults who work with or around children.

Signs and Symptoms of Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

The most common signs and symptoms of pink eye are as follows:

  • Redness or pinkness of the eyes
  • Gritty sensation around the eyes
  • Watery discharge from the eyes (common in viral pink eye)
  • Thick discharge from the eyes that's yellow-green (common in bacterial pink eye)
  • Itchiness of the eyes and excessive tearing (common in pink eye caused by allergies)

Treatment Options for Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

The right treatment option for pink eye depends on the cause of the condition. In many cases, the condition clears on its own after a week or so with proper management.

  • Bacterial Pink Eye – For bacterial pink eye, doctors often prescribe antibiotic eyedrops. An antibacterial ointment may also be prescribed for the area around the eyes.

  • Viral Pink Eye – For viral pink eye, doctors often suggest letting the virus run its course. Antiviral medications may be prescribed if necessary.

  • Pink Eye Caused by Allergies – For pink eye caused by allergies, doctors commonly prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs as well as antihistamines.

Patients should consider a cool compress to address eye irritation. A clean towel cooled with clean water tends to work best. Patients who wear contact lenses should keep them out until their eyes are well again.

Tips for Preventing Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

To prevent pink eye, consider the following tips:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before touching your eyes
  • Never share towels, bed linens, or pillows
  • Never share your eye makeup
  • Never share your contact lenses, lens containers, or used cleaning solution
  • Never share eye medicines
  • Wear eye protection while in windy or hazardous environments

Learn More About Eye Care Options

For more information about treating pink eye and how we can help you have healthy eyes, we encourage you to contact our vision correction and eye care centre today. Our team will work closely with you to ensure your eye infection is properly treated.