Conjunctivitis is swelling or inflammation due to infection of the conjunctiva. This is the membrane that lines the eyelids and covers the white part of the eye. The symptoms include:
• Blurred vision
• Crusts that form on the eyelid overnight
• Eye pain
• Increased tearing
• Itching of the eye
• Redness in the eyes
• Sensitivity to light
HOW IS CONJUNCTIVITIS DIAGNOSED?
The health care practitioner or the ophthalmologist will examine the eyes carefully and swab the conjunctiva to get a sample for further analysis. The other tests done will include:
• Visual acuity measurements to determine whether vision has been affected.
• Evaluation of the conjunctiva and external eye tissue using a bright light and magnification.
• Evaluation of the inner structures of the eye to ensure that no other tissues are affected by the condition.
• Supplemental testing, which may include taking cultures or smears of conjunctival tissue. This is particularly important in cases of chronic conjunctivitis or when the condition is not responding to treatment.
HOW IS CONJUNCTIVITIS TREATED?
Treatment for pink eye includes ayurveda remedies along with eye drops. It has been seen that rose water and using ice water on the eyes helps in treating the same. There are also homeopathy medicines for this. Usually, ear drops suffices and you should make sure that you avoid touching the eyes constantly. Use a warm cotton compress to open the eyes if they shut tight.
DID YOU KNOW?
A former superintendent of the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology in the city of Madras (the present-day Chennai)
Tamil Nadu in India, Kirk Patrick, was the first to have found the adenovirus that caused conjunctivitis, leading to the name Madras eye for conjunctivitis