Conjunctivitis and Its Treatment

  • Posted on: Jan 16 2015
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ConjunctivitisConjunctivitis, sometimes known as pink eye, is an infection of the conjunctiva, which lines the eyelid and provides cover for the white area of the eyeball. When the small vessels of the conjunctiva become inflamed, they are highly visible, giving the eyes a “pink” appearance.

The condition is most often defined by redness in one or both of the eyes, itchiness in the eyes, and blurred vision. It can occur in patients of any age.

There are three types of conjunctivitis:

  • Infectious conjunctivitis. This type of conjunctivitis is most often caused by a viral infection or bacterial build-up. Infectious conjunctivitis is highly contagious, so patients with this condition must avoid touching or rubbing their eyes and should take antibiotics to clear away any symptoms. The condition will usually subside after several days.
  • Allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis occurs due to an allergic reaction. Common triggers of this disease include cosmetics, certain materials or fabrics, and pollen.  Eye drops are most commonly recommended to treat this condition, though allergy pills may also be helpful for patients with severe allergies.
  • Chemical conjunctivitis. Chemical conjunctivitis occurs due to irritants within certain environments- such as pollutants or dust debris in the air, or chlorine in a swimming pool or hot tub. Soothing eye drops are usually very helpful for patients who have this condition.

In order for conjunctivitis to be diagnosed, your eyes will first be thoroughly examined. In some cases, an eye secretion sample from the conjunctiva may be taken and analyzed to confirm the presence of the disease. If you believe that you have conjunctivitis, you must stop wearing contact lenses, and you may want to place a compress over the impacted eye to relieve pain. Fortunately, this condition should only last a few days with proper care and attention.

Do You Have Questions about Conjunctivitis Treatment? Contact Dr. H. John Shammas!

To learn more about conjunctivitis and the treatment options we offer, please contact Dr. H. John Shammas today to schedule your appointment.  Our offices are located in Lynwood, Downey, La Habra and Whittier, California.  We look forward to serving you!

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