What is pink eye or conjunctivitis?
Pink eye (also called conjunctivitis) is an inflammation of the thin, clear membrane that envelopes the surface of the eye and the underside of the eyelids. Pink eye is very common and contagious, but it is not usually serious and goes away in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment.
What are the symptoms of pink eye?
- Mucous discharge
- Crusty eyelids
- Light sensitivity
Who gets pink eye or conjunctivitis?
Most cases of pink eye are caused by:
- Infections caused by viruses or bacteria
- Dry eyes from lack of tears or exposure to wind and sun
- Chemicals, fumes or smoke (chemical conjunctivitis)
How is pink eye or conjunctivitis diagnosed?
An eye exam will determine if you have pink eye. If it is caused by a bacterial infection, you may need antibiotic eye drops or ointments to clear the infection.
Contact us today to schedule an eye exam if you think you may have pink eye.