Conjunctivitis Care at Eye Care Specialists of Florida
Whether you call it by its medical term, conjunctivitis, or by its popular nickname, pinkeye, that telltale redness, itching and discharge can put a serious crimp in your quality of life. This inflammation of the membrane that covers the white of the eye can interfere with vision, lead to possible eye damage if untreated, and in some cases prove highly contagious. in short, conjunctivitis is a problem you need to deal with. Fortunately, you can get the soothing relief you need from our Kissimmee ophthalmologist at Eye Care Specialists of Florida, Dr. Choudhri.
The Irritating Problem of Pinkeye
Conjunctivitis is commonly called pinkeye due to the characteristic pink or reddish hue it creates in the normally-white part of the eye. The actual inflammation is occurring in a membrane called the conjunctiva, which lines the inner eyelid and the sclera of the eye. Conjunctivitis may also cause swelling of the eyelids, light sensitivity, a thin or thick discharge from the eye, itching or burning sensations. Some forms of the condition may clear up spontaneously within about 2 weeks, while others may linger. A nagging case of conjunctivitis can eventually lead to scarring or ulceration of the cornea, a problem which can cause visual impairment. This is one reason you want to ascertain the cause of your pinkeye and get it under control as soon as possible. Causes include:
- Viral infections - Many viruses can enter one or (less commonly) both eyes, especially if you rub your eyes while suffering from a cold. Watery discharge is one of the hallmarks of this condition.
- Bacterial infections - Bacterial infections, the most common cause of conjunctivitis in children, usually creates a thicker discharge than other forms of the condition. Poor hygiene involving contact lenses or eye makeup can cause bacterial conjunctivitis in adults.
- Allergies - allergic conjunctivitis may correspond to seasonal triggers such as hay fever or recurring exposure to environmental irritants. It resembles viral conjunctivitis except for the fact that both eyes are always affected.
Diagnosis and Treatment Options
If you or any member of your family is suffering from conjunctivitis, it's take to make an appointment at eye Care Specialists of Florida. Our ophthalmologist can examine your specific symptoms while also talking to you about your contact lens use, eye makeup routine, known allergies, or other symptoms that might point to a virus. Most cases of conjunctivitis respond well to soothing home remedies such as warm, moist towels on the eyes. Other treatments may vary according to the underlying cause. For allergic conjunctivitis, you may need to take antihistamines and avoid specific situations, while antibiotics are the treatment of choice for bacterial infections. Some viral conjunctivitis may respond to anti-viral drugs, while other simply has to run their course.
Call Our Florida Eye Doctor
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