Conjunctivitis or pink eye is a kind of eye infection that occurs when the conjunctiva portion of the eye goes through inflammation. This may happen due to a virus, or bacteria such as chlamydia. Other irritants in shampoo as well as pollution, dirt and grime may also cause this condition. The symptoms include redness of the eyes, burning sensation, blurry vision and pain as well as discharge.
HOW IS CONJUNCTIVITIS DIAGNOSED?
A specialist from the Ophthalmology department will diagnose the issue with the help of a standard eye test and physical examination. Also, the doctor may take a sample of the fluid from the eyes to check it in a lab.
HOW IS CONJUNCTIVITIS TREATED?
Conjunctivitis resolves in 65% of cases without treatment, within two to five days. The prescription of antibiotics is not necessary in most cases.
Viral conjunctivitis usually resolves on its own and does not need specific treatment. Antihistamines are used to help the symptoms. Povidone iodine is the suggested treatment
Allergic conjunctivitis is treated initially by pouring cold water over the face with the head inclined downward and in more severe cases non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications are prescribed
Chemical conjunctivitis is treated via irrigation with Ringer's lactate or saline solution
DID YOU KNOW?
Infants too are prone to pink eye and you can use breastmilk as a treatment here, which really works.