Learn More About Pink Eye at Lewis County Eye and Vision in Chehalis, WA.
Pink eye is very common and can usually be easily treated. It occurs more often in children, but can also affect adults. The disease occurs when the lining of the eyelid and the white portion of the eyeball become inflamed. Sometimes pink eye clears up without complications, but there are times when it is important to visit your family doctor or a doctor of optometry at Lewis County Eye and Vision in Chehalis, WA for treatment.
What are the Symptoms of Pink Eye?
- An increase in the number of tears produced
- Eyes and eyelids that are red and swollen
- Discharge coming from the eyes that may be green, clear, white, or yellow
- Eyes that itch, feel gritty, are irritated or burn
- Eyelids or lashes that are crusty
- Discomfort from contact lenses
What are the Causes of Pink Eye and What Steps Should be Taken to Ensure it Does Not Spread?
Pink eye can be caused by a variety of things such as irritants that include chlorine or smog, allergens such as dust mites or pet dander, bacteria, or viruses. Cases of pink eye caused by irritants or allergens are not contagious. If the case of pink eye is caused by bacteria or a virus, it is extremely contagious. If you or someone in your family has pink eye caused by a virus or bacteria, precautions need to be taken by everyone to prevent it from spreading. Everyone should wash their hands often using warm water and soap. Be sure to wash for at least 20 seconds. Everyone should also be very careful to not touch their eyes or share makeup, eyeglasses, or contacts.
When Should Someone with Pink Eye be Seen by a Doctor?
It is important to make an appointment with a health care provider or a doctor of optometry if pink eye is combined with one of these:
- A pre-existing eye condition that puts the patient at high risk for a serious infection or complications
- An immune system that is weakened
- Symptoms that get worse and do not get better with antibiotic use
- Blurry vision or light sensitivity
- Pain in the eyes that is causing moderate to major discomfort
- Infants and newborns should always be seen as soon as possible