Worried about pink eye? You’re not alone!
Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is likely to be allergic or bacterial.
Does Pink Eye Itch? YES – if allergies are the cause.
Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the outer membrane of the “whites of the eyes” and the inner eyelid. As the inflammation increases, the itchy feeling typically does, too.
In addition to itchiness, sufferers may have watery eyes along with redness and eyelid swelling. Sometimes, the puffiness becomes so severe it can interfere with vision. However, pink eye is not associated with loss of vision or permanent vision changes.
Does Pink Eye Spread? YES – if bacterial or viral.
When pink eye is caused by a bacterial or viral infection, however, it can spread through direct or indirect contact with any form of discharge from the eye. Lots of hand-washing is encouraged.
When to See an Eye Doctor for Pink Eye
Many cases of conjunctivitis may be resolved on their own if you are careful and take any needed precautions at home. For example, you should discontinue wearing contact lenses while you are experiencing symptoms. If the problem persists for more than a day or two, however, it’s a good idea to see a doctor.
If you are experiencing concerning pink eye symptoms, Vision Care Specialists is just a quick call away. The appropriate eye drops can produce rapid relief of symptoms.
Schedule an appointment today and we will be glad to help you!