7 things you need to know about pink eye
- Posted on: Jun 15 2021
If you’ve ever experienced the red, burning and itching from pink eye, then you know how uncomfortable this condition can be. As pink eye can be highly contagious, it’s important to seek prompt treatment not only for relief but to protect others.
Here are seven other things you should know about pink eye.
- Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the membrane that lines the eyelid and covers the white part of each eyeball.
- The most common symptoms of pink eye include the gritty sensation or the feeling that something is in your eye, redness, burning, itching, pain, watery eyes and blurry or hazy vision. Discharge from the eye may look like thick, yellow pus or mucus that is sticky. Other symptoms include puffy eyelids and sensitivity to light.
- There are three types of conjunctivitis: viral infection, bacterial infection or allergic reaction.
- If the cause is viral, a cool, wet washcloth on your eyes can help alleviate symptoms and make you feel more comfortable.
- If the cause is bacterial, prescription antibiotic eye drops can help treat the cause and alleviate symptoms.
- If the cause is allergies, your doctor can recommend specific eye drops to help you be more comfortable.
- To stop conjunctivitis or pink eye from spreading, there are many things you can do. Wash your hands often, and try not to touch your eyes. Use a clean towel every time you wipe your face and eyes. Also take a look at your makeup as bacteria that causes pink eye can live in your makeup. Replace eye makeup if you have an eye infection, and avoid sharing eye makeup with others or using others’ eye makeup as well. If you wear contact lenses, be sure to follow your eye doctor’s instructions on daily wear and care.
Pink eye usually goes away on its own after 1-2 weeks. If your symptoms last longer than that or you have episodes of recurring pink eye, see your eye doctor. Schedule your next appointment at our Everest office by calling (425) 259-2020.