Pink Eye, also commonly referred to as conjunctivitis, is a condition of the eye where the eye’s thin membranes catch any infection. The cause of the infection is usually some form of irritation affecting the eye and transmitted from the eyes getting exposed to any harmful substance or reaction to things like pollen or even from the use of eye drops. The condition can affect one or both the eyes. The symptoms include itching, discharge of a thick mucus and flow of tears.
HOW IS PINK EYE DIAGNOSED?
The Ophthalmologist you visit will do a diagnosis by looking for the known symptoms and also a physical examination of the eye. To have a better idea of the cause of the infection, the doctor may take a swab of the affected portion and send for a lab analysis.
HOW IS PINK EYE TREATED?
More than half of bacterial conjunctivitis cases will clear up in one to two weeks without treatment. Taking an antibiotic may speed up the healing process. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointment. An ophthalmologist may suggest depending on the severity like drugs that help control allergic reactions, such as a combination of antihistamines and mast cell stabilizers. Viral conjunctivitis is treated with antiviral medication.
DID YOU KNOW?
Allergens, such as pollen, can cause Pink Eye in one or both of the eyes,