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?
Eye drops and antibiotics usually work as the main methods of treatment, especially in case the inflammation has been caused by bacteria and other irritants. If the inflammation is linked with dirt, grime or an allergy, one may have to wear dark glasses until the inflammation and redness runs its course.
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