Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin, transparent layer that covers the white part of the eye and lines the inner eyelid.
The three main types of conjunctivitis are infectious, allergic and chemical. A contagious virus or bacteria cause the infectious type, commonly called “pink eye”. Your body’s allergies to pollen, cosmetics, animals or fabrics often bring on allergic conjunctivitis. Irritants like air pollution, noxious fumes and chlorine in swimming pools may produce the chemical form.
Common symptoms of conjunctivitis are red watery eyes, inflamed inner eyelids, blurred vision, a scratchy feeling in the eyes and, sometimes, discharge that is whitish, yellowish, greenish or watery. Conjunctivitis can sometimes develop into more serious conditions that can harm vision, so please call us if you experience these symptoms.
Depending on the cause of the conjunctivitis, we may prescribe antibiotic eye drops or allergy eye drops to heal infection and soothe the eyes.
To control the spread of infectious conjunctivitis, keep your hands away from your eyes, thoroughly wash your hands before applying eye medications and do not share towels, washcloths, cosmetics or eye drops with others. Discard eye makeup because it may have become infected.