When small blood vessels in the transparent membrane of the eye become inflamed, they appear visible and cause the whites of your eyes to look pink or reddish. This condition is also known as “pink eye” (conjunctivitis) and affects both adults and children. Even though conjunctivitis can be irritating, it barely affects your vision.
Pink Eye Symptoms
The symptoms may differ, but normally include:
– Swelling or redness of the white of the eyes
– Teary eyes
– White, green, or yellow discharge
– Irritated or burning eyes
– Uncomfortable contact lenses
– Coarse feeling in the eye
There are four major causes of Pink Eye, These include:
– Allergens (e.g. dust mites)
– Irritants (like chlorine in swimming pools)
Take Steps to Prevent Spreading of Pink Eye
Pink eye that comes from allergens or irritants is not contagious. However, when a bacteria or virus causes conjunctivitis, it is contagious and can spread quickly from one person to another.
Follow these steps to minimalize the risk of spreading or getting pink eye.
– Desist from touching or rubbing your eyes.
– Carefully wash your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 30 seconds
– Avoid sharing containers, eyeglasses or makeup.
Some People Affected with Pink Eye Need to See an Optometrist
There are several instances make it crucial to book an appointment with a healthcare provider for follow-up or specific medications. If you have pink eye and notice any of the following symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately:
– Intense red eyes
– High sensitivity to light
– A poor immune system, e.g. form cancer treatment
– Previous eye conditions that may increase the risks for complication
– A newborn with symptoms of conjunctivitis should see a doctor immediately
– Severe pain in the eyes
Infants with Pink Eye Always Need to See a Doctor
When newborns have a pink eye, an irritation, a blocked tear duct, or an infection mostly causes it. If a newborn has pink eye symptoms within the first two weeks, you should visit the doctor immediately.
Newborn pink eye symptoms caused by sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia, or gonorrhea can be very fatal. Visit a healthcare facility for testing and/or treatment if you are pregnant and think you may have been exposed to sexually transmitted infections. If you think you may have a sexually transmitted infection and your newborn has signs of pink eye infection, see your child’s healthcare provider immediately. State laws require healthcare facilities to have drops or ointments applied to the newborn’s eyes to avoid being infected with conjunctivitis.
Ensure that you confirm with your hospital if they have anti-conjunctivitis drops or ointments. If you notice any of the above symptoms, it is best to see a doctor or a certified healthcare provider such as Ewing Optical. We have the best treatment methods and a highly experienced team of opticians and consultants. Call us today and book an appointment if you have pink eye-related symptoms or any other issues with your eyes. Our team will be more than delighted to be at your service.
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