Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
Pink eye, as its name implies, refers to a condition in which the usually transparent blood vessels in the white of your eyes become pink or red. In the scientific community, pink eye is known as conjunctivitis – a condition characterized by an inflamed or infected membrane that causes discomfort and often itchiness. The professionals at World of Vision Power Optics in Vero Beach, FL, can help reduce and eliminate the symptoms of pink eye.
It is noted that pink eye can be quite annoying, but it rarely permanently impacts your vision. However, it cannot be overemphasized that pink eye is quite contagious. Early action and diagnosis are the best ways to treat current cases of pink eye and prevent or slow a future outbreak.
The Causes of Pink Eye
Pink eye is typically caused by a bacterial or viral infection. It can affect those wearing contacts, eyeglasses, or with perfect vision. However, individuals with certain allergies may react to an irritant with symptoms that resemble those of pink eye. Furthermore, newborn babies may get conjunctivitis if a tear duct fails to open correctly – but this is more a mechanical issue than an irritant or infection.
The Symptoms of Pink Eye
While every person’s experience differs, most people will seek medical attention or consult an optician if they experience these symptoms in one or both eyes:
- An itchy or gritty sensation that is uncomfortable
- A red or pinkish color on the whites of the eyes
- A discharge that tends to harden or crust over while sleeping, making it difficult to open your eyes when waking up
- Unusual tearing from one or both eyes
Attention Contact Lens Wearers
If you think you may have pink eye or have been exposed to someone who was contagious, stop wearing contact lenses immediately. Switch to eyeglasses until you have seen an optician or eye care professional who can evaluate the condition and treat it appropriately. If wearing eyeglasses rather than contacts does not help with the symptoms, it is important to have the condition medically assessed. This helps avoid more serious eye conditions that may be the underlying cause.
Reach Out to Our Leading Vero Beach Optician
Do you want to relieve pink eye symptoms? Dr. Weiss at World of Vision Power Optics in Vero Beach can help. Call us today at (772) 562-2020 or reach out online to schedule a consultation or appointment. Remember, pink eye is usually highly contagious, so early intervention is critical to stopping or at least slowing an outbreak.