What is Pink Eye?
Pink eye is also called conjunctivitis. This is a condition that happens when there is inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye. The white portion of the eye has a thin, clear tissue over it that is called the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva also lines the inside of the eyelid. Pink eye is contagious and can spread quickly, especially in a school. As a result, children get it often. Pink eye may be caused by a virus, bacteria, or allergies. There is typically no long-term damage as a result of pink eye, however, it should be treated as quickly as possible. If you live in or around Chehalis, WA, and you suspect that you or your child has pink eye, contact Lewis County Eye & Vision for a proper diagnosis.
What Are the Symptoms of Pink Eye?
There are many typical symptoms of pink eye that you may experience, depending on what is causing the pink eye. These symptoms include redness in either one or both eyes. You may experience itching in either eye or perhaps both eyes. You may have a gritty feeling in your eyes. There may be discharge that seeps from your eyes that can crust overnight while you are sleeping. You may also experience eye tearing when you have pink eye.
Treatment for Pink Eye
Yes, there is a treatment for pink eye, depending on the cause of the pink eye. If it is caused by a virus, similar to a cold, then it must run its course. This could take up to seven days. If it is caused by bacteria, a doctor of optometry may prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointment that can help the infection clear up. This may also take up to seven days. If there is some irritant causing the pink eye, then you should use water to flush the eye for at least five minutes. The pink eye should improve in about four hours.
Choose Lewis County Eye and Vision
We have a full-service optometry practice that wants to help you with all of your eye care needs. We believe that each patient is unique and should be treated as an individual. We provide knowledgeable staff and caring service no matter if it is a routine eye care visit or something more serious. Call Lewis County Eye & Vision in Chehalis, WA today at (360) 748-9228 to schedule an appointment.