Pink eye has multiple causes, from bacteria or viruses to environmental factors and chemicals. Each of these causes demands a different treatment, as treating a viral infection with antibiotics will prove to be quite ineffective.
During your visit, we will determine the cause of your pink eye and recommend the appropriate action.
Conjunctivitis is called “pink eye” or “red eye” because of its primary symptom: a visible reddening of the conjunctiva (a clear layer of cells that exists on top of your eye). Other symptoms include:
Signs are assessed using specialized equipment (similar to what we use during a comprehensive eye exam).
Viral conjunctivitis is generally accompanied by symptoms resembling the common cold and watery eye discharge. Bacterial conjunctivitis is often accompanied by an ear infection and a thick eye discharge. Allergic conjunctivitis varies and may be dependant on pollen/allergen counts, ambient air quality, and other variable factors.
Treatments vary based on the root cause. Pink eye caused by bacteria can be treated effectively with antibiotics . In some cases, the symptoms will be addressed while the conjunctivitis itself heals over time.