Symptoms of pink eye include:
• Pink color to the whites of one or both eyes
• A gritty sensation in one or both eyes
• Itching or burning feeling in one or both eyes
• Excessive tearing and watery eyes
• Pus coming from one or both eyes
• Swollen or puffy eyelids
• Increased sensitivity to light
Causes and Types of Pink Eye
Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are quite contagious. Common ways of spreading the bacteria and viruses that cause pink eye include:
• Direct contact with infected secretions, especially through hand-to-eye contact
• Spreading bacteria living in the individual’s own nose or sinuses to the eye
• Wearing unclean or poorly fitting contact lenses or decorative lenses
Diagnosis and Treatment of Pink Eye
There are three main goals of treatment for pink eye, and they are:
• To improve patient comfort
• Reduce infection and inflammation
• Prevent the spread of contagious conjunctivitis
Pink eye causes 3 million lost school days, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Treatment for allergic conjunctivitis centers on removing or avoiding the irritant. Cool compresses and artificial tears help in mild cases of allergic conjunctivitis, while more severe cases may require non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antihistamines or topical steroid eye drops.
Eye doctors treat bacterial conjunctivitis with antibiotic eye drops or ointments. Because antibiotics do not work on viruses, the treatment for viral conjunctivitis is cool compresses and artificial tears.
For more information about treating pink eye in children and adults, contact Revere Health.