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Pink Eye Causes & Treatments

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What is Pink Eye?

Pink eye, also called conjunctivitis, is when the clear tissue covering the white part of your eyes (the conjunctiva) becomes irritated by allergies or an infection. The condition can occur in one eye or both eyes and symptoms typically include red, watery, swollen eyes sometimes accompanied by sticky discharge and blurry vision. There are several types of conjunctivitis; some of which are highly contagious.

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How Do You Get Pink Eye?

The most common way to get bacterial or viral conjunctivitis is by direct contact with an infected individual; commonly through hand-to-eye contact. Transmission is not always from person-to-person, however. Bacterial infection can migrate from a person’s own nose and sinuses to their eyes. Pink eye can also be caused by improperly cleaned or poorly fitting contact lenses.

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How is Pink Eye Treated?

The best treatment options depend on which type of pink eye you have. Some types of conjunctivitis, such as bacterial infections, may require antibiotic eye drops. However, antibiotics will not treat pink eye caused by a virus or allergic reaction. It is important to contact your eye care provider to determine the precise cause and treatment for your specific condition.

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More About Pink Eye.

Pink eye is a common condition. If promptly detected and treated, it is unlikely to cause long-term damage to a person’s eyes or vision. Redness and discharge from the eye are typical symptoms of pink eye. Contact Quigley Eye Specialists today if you suspect you may have pink eye.

How Do I Know if I Have Pink Eye?

The most common symptoms of pink eye are red, burning & itchy eyes. Sometimes there is a thick mucus discharge from the eyes. Painful eyes are a common symptom of bacterial conjunctivitis. Puffy eyelids, watery eyes or blurry vision are also common pink eye symptoms. A person with pink eye may experience increased sensitivity to light.

How Can I Prevent Conjunctivitis from Spreading?

Viral and bacterial pink eye are highly contagious. Frequent hand washing and avoiding touching the eyes are important to preventing the spread of pink eye. A person with pink eye should avoid using eye makeup while infected. And never share eye makeup. Lastly, contact lenses should always be cleaned as recommended by an opthalmologist.

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Pink Eye Questions.

Are conjunctivitis and pink eye the same thing?

Yes. Pink eye is an infectious form of conjunctivitis caused by viruses or bacteria.

Can I catch pink eye from touching surfaces?

Most bacteria can survive on surfaces for up to 8 hours. Some bacteria can even last for 2 days or more. Viral conjunctivitis can survive on surfaces for up to 8 weeks. Cleaning with antimicrobial cleaner is highly effective in destroying most bacteria and viruses that can cause the spread of pink eye.

How long is pink eye contagious?

Pink eye is contagious when the eye produces tears and discharge. Bacterial pink eye can last up to 10 days. Viral pink eye can last for up to 14 days.

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