What is Conjunctivitis?

  • Posted on: Sep 30 2013
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To put it simply, conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the layer of the eye that lines the inner eyelids and covers the white areas of the eye. This thin, transparent part of the eye, when inflamed, can cause a variety of irritating, debilitating symptoms. Some of these include redness, watery eyes, mild discomfort, blurred vision, inflamed inner lids, a scratchy feeling in the eyes, and sporadic discharge. Let’s learn more about this condition by going over the different forms it takes. 3 Types of Conjunctivitis Infectious Conjunctivitis. Commonly known as “pink eye,” this highly contagious condition can be caused by either bacteria or a virus. People with this kind of conjunctivitis should avoid touching their eyes, and should frequently wash their hands. To soothe the symptoms, warm compresses may help. If it is viral, it will likely clear up on its own after a few days, while bacterial patients will be prescribed antibacterial drops. Allergic Conjunctivitis. This condition exists as a side effect of various allergies. It can be prompted by contact with pollen, cosmetics, certain fabrics, or animals. If symptoms are severe, the patient may be prescribed allergy pills, but typically antihistamine eye drops are recommended. Approximately 22 million Americans suffer from this form of conjunctivitis. Chemical Conjunctivitis. This type of conjunctivitis is usually caused by irritants, including things like chlorine or air pollution. It usually causes eyes to become highly irritated, and patients are recommended soothing eye drops to decrease the inflammation and consequent discomfort. The doctors here at Shammas Eye Center can examine irritated eyes to determine the problem and decide the correct course of action for each individual patient. By determining what kind of conjunctivitis each patient is suffering from, we can choose the best form of treatment for optimal results. Conjunctivitis Treatment in Southern California If you have any questions or wish to know more about conjunctivitis and its treatments, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our offices are located in Lynwood, Downey, La Habra, and Whittier.  We look forward to serving you!

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