Understanding Pink Eye And Why It Needs To Be Evaluated By
An Eye Doctor
Conjunctivitis, a condition that is most commonly known as pink eye, is most commonly manifested in children. The condition is caused by an infection of the eye or eye irritation, which accounts for the pinkish coloring of the eyes. The condition is highly contagious, so people who are affected by the eye are usually advised to stay away from others. It is important for people who believe they have pink eye to see an optometrist or other health practitioner to have their condition evaluated. It is important to identify the source of the condition so that proper treatment can be administered. Here at Reeve Woods Eye Center in Chico & Paradise, our optometry team sees a good deal of conjunctivitis cases every year. Here is some information about this common condition of the eye.
Symptoms Associated With Pink Eye
There are a number of symptoms associated with pink eye. It should be noted that symptoms are generally related to the type of pink eye a person has. There are some symptoms like the pink color found in the eyes, mild itching and burning that are often found in all three types of pink eye. The three main types of pink eye include chemical conjunctivitis, infectious conjunctivitis, and allergic conjunctivitis. People who have conjunctivitis tend to complain about a discharge that affects one or both eyes, elevated sensitivity to light, swelling of the lids of the eyes and high levels of tearing.
Understanding The Types Of Conjunctivitis
One of the most common types of pink eye is chemical conjunctivitis. It can develop in people after a recent swim in a chlorinated swimming pool. Other environmental irritants like air pollution and exposure to certain types of chemicals can also cause episodes of pink eye.
Viral conjunctivitis develops as a result of a person being exposed to a virus associated with the common cold. The virus is passed from person to person through acts like sneezing and coughing. The viral form of pink eye also manifests as a result of the virus spreading along the mucus membranes in the body that connect to the tear ducts, throat, nose, and lungs.
Bacterial conjunctivitis develops as a result of streptococcal or staphylococcal bacteria from a person’s own respiratory system or skin. Specific causes include the use of contaminated lotions on the skin, contaminated eye cosmetics, contact lenses that haven't been properly cleaned, poor hygiene, physical contact with others and insect bites. Other lesser-known forms of pink eye include: Giant papillary conjunctivitis and ophthalmia neonatorum.
Call Reeve Woods Eye Center Today!
If you believe you have any form of conjunctivitis, it is important to see an eye doctor as soon as possible. Oftentimes pink eye will reside on its own, however there are forms of the condition that will worsen over time. An optometrist will be able to determine the type of pink eye you have, and the best course of action to treat your condition. To learn more about conjunctivitis, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call here at Reeve Woods Eye Center in Chico & Paradise at 530-899-2244 today.