Pink eye, also referred to as conjunctivitis, is one of the most common eye diseases that both children and adults alike contract. It happens when the conjunctiva, or the clear tissue lining the inside part of your eyelids and the white part of your eyes becomes inflamed. As a result, your eyes’ blood vessels become more visible, making it appear that you have reddish or “pink eyes.”
Conjunctivitis has different types and some forms are easily spread from one person to another, which is why it’s necessary to treat it as quickly as possible. Your optometrist from Eyes On Norbeck discusses the different kinds of pink eye and how each one is managed.
Pink eye caused by a hypersensitivity reaction often improves once you’re away from your trigger allergen. Your eye care specialist may also give you antihistamines and anti-inflammatory medicines to help relieve your symptoms.
Bacterial Pink Eye
If after an eye exam your eye doctor tells you that you have bacterial pink eye, you can expect to take antibiotics as the primary treatment method. Antibiotics for conjunctivitis management may come in different forms, like eye drops, pills, or ointments. Whichever we may prescribe, make sure to use or take the medicine as instructed.
If we explain that you have to take antibiotic pills twice per day for seven days, for example, it’s best you complete the course even if your symptoms subside on the third day of taking medicines. This ensures the effectiveness of the drug and helps prevent antibiotic resistance.
This type of pink eye is usually caused by the same virus that causes a common cold. Since viral forms of diseases are often self-limiting, you can expect this form of pink eye to last from four to seven days. While antibiotics won’t help, you can apply a warm compress to your eyes to relieve your discomfort.
You must observe cleanliness and proper hygiene to prevent the disease from spreading. Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes. Wash your hands as often as possible. You should also avoid sharing personal items, such as face towels or makeup. To prevent further irritating your eyes, use eyeglasses instead of contact lenses in the meantime.
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