Pink eye occurs when there is inflammation or an infection of the transparent membrane covering the white portion of the eye. When the small blood vessels in the conjunctiva become inflamed, they become more visible, causing the eye to appear reddish or pink. Most commonly, pink eye is caused by bacterial or viral infections, allergic reactions, or incompletely opened tear ducts (common in babies). For help with your pink eye or other vision concerns, call Lickteig Family Eye Care to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists. We have offices in Boston, Medford, Natick, and Dedham.
Pink Eye and Eye Care
Pink eye can be very irritating, so it is imperative to maintain proper eye care to prevent your eye from becoming infected. Regularly washing your hands and avoiding touching your eyes can help avoid introducing bacteria and viruses to your eye’s surface. Additionally, when you first notice the signs of pink eye, you should schedule an appointment to have an eye exam for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Pink Eye Symptoms
Symptoms of pink eye vary from person to person. However, common symptoms of pink eye we see at our clinic include:
- Redness in one or both eyes
- Itchiness in one or both eyes
- Feeling like sand or grit is in the eye
- Discharge from one or both eyes
- Watery eyes
How an Optometrist Can Help
Our optometrists can help diagnose the root cause of your pink eye or eye condition by running various tests. Additionally, our eye doctors can prescribe medications to treat pink eye after an eye exam.
Pink Eye Treatment
Pink eye treatment mainly focuses on relieving discomfort associated with the symptoms. Our eye doctors may suggest using artificial tears or applying warm or cold compresses to the eyelid. If you wear contact lenses, it is best to stop wearing them until all symptoms are gone. Disposable lenses should be tossed, and hard lenses should be cleaned overnight before reusing them. Additionally, it is best to replace any eye makeup used when diagnosed with pink eye.
Since conjunctivitis is typically viral, antibiotic eye drops will not help. They may even cause more harm, reducing their effectiveness when used to treat other conditions in the future. For most, pink eye heals on its own in about two to three weeks.
Visit Us for Quality Eye Care for Pink Eye
Call Lickteig Family Eye Care today to schedule an appointment with an optometrist in our Boston, Medford, Natick, or Dedham office.