Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

What is Conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is an irritation or infection of the thin, clear layer that covers the white part of the eye and the inner eyelids (conjunctiva). When the conjunctiva becomes inflamed, the many fine blood vessels on the eye swell and become more visible, causing the white of the eye to appear red or pink. This is why conjunctivitis is commonly known as pink eye.1

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Pink Eye Symptoms

Pink eye can be uncomfortable, but it is a common problem and usually does not result in long-term vision issues. Common symptoms may include redness, an itching or burning sensation, excessive tearing, swollen eyelids, discharge (watery or thick), crusting that forms overnight, eye ache, sensitivity to light, and a gritty feeling in the eyes.

Pink Eye Causes

There are many different causes of pink eye, including bacteria, viruses, allergies, chemical irritants, and contact lens wear. Conjunctivitis can affect one or both eyes. Some of the more common forms of this condition (bacterial, viral) are highly contagious and spread easily.

Pink Eye Treatment

Appropriate treatments depend on the underlying cause of conjunctivitis, and may include eye drops, oral medications, ointments, flushing the eyes, or analgesic treatments.

Contact CVP Physicians Dayton

It can be difficult to determine the type of conjunctivitis based on symptoms alone, so it is important to be evaluated by an eye doctor if you develop red, irritated eyes with any of the symptoms listed above. If you think you may have pink eye and live in Dayton, Springboro, or the surrounding areas, contact CVP Physicians Dayton to schedule an eye exam. Our trusted doctors can provide an accurate diagnosis and the best treatment options.

1 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Conjunctivitis: What is Pink Eye? Available: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/pink-eye-conjunctivitis. Accessed June 9, 2020.

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