Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is caused by the inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is a thin, transparent tissue that covers the white part of the eye. Symptoms of Conjunctivitis are:
• Redness in the white of the eye
• Increase in tears
• Thick yellow discharge that crusts over eyelashes during sleep
• Green or white discharge from eye
• Itchy or burning eyes
• Blurred vision and increased 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 of infection. Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotic dosages in the form of eye drops or pills. In the case of viral infections, there is no treatment. Patients need to maintain hygiene of hands by washing frequently and avoid wearing contact lenses. Allergy induced conjunctivitis can be treated by eliminating the allergen.
DID YOU KNOW?
Rubbing of the eye increases irritation during conjunctivitis infection