Pink Eye

Your Guide to Pink Eye

Pink eye – otherwise known as conjunctivitis – is an irritating eye condition that impacts the eyelids and the white areas of the eye. Fortunately, it often looks worse than it is. This guide provided by our team at Blue Ridge Vision helps explain why it occurs and what to do when it does.

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What Causes Pink Eye?

Pink eye is often caused by one of the following.

  • Allergies: Many people experience pink eye due to a reaction to pollen, dust, pet dander, grass, and other allergy triggers.
  • Irritation: A swim in a chlorinated pool or pollutants in the air can trigger pink eye.
  • Eye infection: An infection of the ear, sinuses, or throat can become an eye infection.

Is It Contagious?

If your pink eye is caused by allergies or irritants, you don’t have to worry about spreading it. However, if it’s caused by a virus or infection, it is contagious. Typically, infectious pink eye is spread by contact with the infection. For example, if you touch your infected eye and shake someone’s hand, they can develop pink eye. It can also occur if you touch an object after touching your eye and don’t disinfect it.

This is why children often end up with pink eye so often because they’re not exactly careful about washing their hands or touching each other. If one child in the class has pink eye and touches their eye and another child borrows their pencil, infection is spread.

The Symptoms of Pink Eye

Pink eye is usually not hard to recognize. The top sign is pink or red eyes, hence the name. Other symptoms include:

  • Itchiness and irritation
  • Gritty feeling in the eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Thick discharge – you will often notice this in the mornings after it has dried overnight

Pink Eye Treatment

In many cases – especially if there is no infection – pink eye will go away with proper hygiene and warm compresses. However, if there is an infection, antibiotics will be needed. Antihistamines can help with pink eye due to allergies. A visit to your eye doctor can determine which course of treatment you need.

Get Rid of Pink Eye with Our Eye Doctor in Blue Ridge, GA

If you or your child have pink eye, our team at Blue Ridge Vision wants to help. Call our team today at (706) 946-4455 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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