Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is inflammation of the outermost layer of the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelid. There may also be pain, burning, scratchiness, or itchiness and may have increased tears or be stuck shut in the morning. Swelling of the white part of the eye may also occur and is more common in cases due to allergies. Conjunctivitis can affect both the eyes.
HOW IS CONJUNCTIVITIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the pink eye is easy with all these symptoms, yet some doctors may just generally examine the eye to check for damage.
HOW IS CONJUNCTIVITIS TREATED?
Treatment of conjunctivitis depends on the cause. Allergic conjunctivitis may improve when allergies are treated. Antibiotic medicines most often in the form of eye drops work well to treat bacterial conjunctivitis. Viral conjunctivitis will go away on its own. Mild steroid eye drops may help ease discomfort. Many doctors give mild antibiotic eye drops for pink eye to prevent bacterial conjunctivitis. Warm water compresses can soothe the discomfort in the eyes.
DID YOU KNOW?
The virus that causes Conjunctivitis can also cause STDs.