Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, causes the conjunctiva (inside of the eyelids) and whites of the eyes to become irritated and inflamed. Although uncomfortable and at times unsightly, conjunctivitis is easily treated. Depending on the root cause, you may not require treatment at all.
Conjunctivitis causes red, itchy, watery eyes that may produce a yellowish-brown discharge. It is important not to rub your eyes or touch your face if you believe you may have pink eye.
Conjunctivitis can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection or may be caused by an allergic reaction to pet dander, pollen, or other allergens. Allergic conjunctivitis can usually be managed using antihistamines.
Viral conjunctivitis is extremely contagious but, like the common cold, can’t be cured. The only way to deal with viral conjunctivitis is to let it run its course.
Bacterial conjunctivitis is also highly contagious and needs to be treated using antibiotics. Please book an appointment so we can begin treatment as soon as possible.