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?
Ophthalmologists first perform a physical examination of the eye and also evaluate your symptoms. He or she may take a swab of the fluid from the eyelid for lab examination in order to find the cause of the infection
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.