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?
Conjunctivitis is diagnosed by an ophthalmologist by the symptoms and clinical picture. Swabs of bacterial culture are necessary if the history and signs suggest bacterial conjunctivitis. A patch test is used to identify the causative allergen in the case where conjunctivitis is caused by an allergy. Conjunctival scrapes for cytology can be useful in detecting chlamydial and fungal infections.
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