Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) is the swelling or inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin and filmy membrane that covers the inside of your eyelids and the white part of your eye. Signs and symptoms may occur in one or both eyes. The most common causes of conjunctivitis are infections (viral or bacterial), allergies or irritation from something in the environment.
Signs and Symptoms include:
- Mild eyelid swelling
- Redness in the white of the eye or inner lid
- Increased tearing, mucous or discharge
- Eye irritation
- Foreign body sensation
- Itchiness of the eye
- Mild blurred vision
- Crusting of eyelashes in the morning
There are three types of conjunctivitis:
- Bacterial Conjunctivitis - caused by bacterial infections and is a highly contagious form of pink eye.
- Viral Conjunctivitis - caused by the same virus that causes the common cold and is also highly contagious.
- Allergic Conjunctivitis - caused by the body's reaction to an allergen or irritant and is not contagious.
Practicing good hygiene can help prevent the spread of conjunctivitis. People who are infected should wash their hands often, avoid touching their eyes, avoid reusing towels or washcloths and should change their pillowcase frequently.
If you or your child show signs or symptoms of conjunctivitis you should contact us for treatment.