Conjuctivitis, or pink eye as it is more commonly know, is an inflammation or infection of the thin clear membrane that covers the eye and eyelid. This layer is the conjunctiva. When an infection occurs the blood vessels swell and cause a pink or reddish discoloration of the conjunctiva.
Some symptoms of conjunctivitis are:
- Discharge from one or both eyes
- Itching and burning of the eyes
- Excessive tearing
- Pink discoloration of the white of the eye
- Swollen eyelids
Conjunctivitis can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection, allergies or a reaction to a chemical. It may be easily spread and can be contagious for up to 2 weeks. Make an appointment with Dr. Cerceo as soon as symptoms become apparent as early treatment will protect you and those around you.
The course of treatment is dependent on the type of conjunctivitis diagnosed. The doctor may prescribe antibiotic drops for a bacterial infection. Viral infections would need to run its course, just as with a cold, but warm compresses may help to alleviate some discomfort. Warm and cold compresses are effective for allergic reactions. The doctor will review the best course of treatment for you during your appointment.
If you are a contact lens wearer, you may want to cease wearing your contact lenses for the duration of the infection. Your contacts may cause further irritation and contamination. If your symptoms do not improve in 12 to 24 hours, contact Feasterville Family Eye Care and make an appointment with the doctor. Let's make sure you don't have a more serious problems caused by your lenses.
There are several steps you can take to shorten the duration of conjunctivitis. Try to avoid touching or rubbing your eyes. Make sure to wash your hands frequently. We suggest woman discard any eye cosmetics (i.e. eye liner, mascara). Do not share eye care or facial products, or hand towels. And of course, always follow the doctors instructions for properly maintaining your contact lenses.
If you believe you may have conjunctivitis, call us at 215-354-4480 for an appointment.