Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a highly contagious eye condition that can be quite unpleasant. At Naples Eye Physicians, our ophthalmologists have gathered a few of the questions that we run into regarding pink eye.
What Causes Pink Eye?
Pink eye can be classified into three different categories:
Bacterial conjunctivitis - Bacteria can infect the conjunctiva, leading to unpleasant symptoms.
Viral conjunctivitis - This is the most contagious form. It is spread from hand to hand contact or by touching already contaminated objects.
Allergic reactions - Often caused by dust, pollen, or smoke.
What Are The Symptoms of Pink Eye?
The typical symptoms associated with pink eye include puffy, swollen, red eyes. It is not uncommon to have a buildup of mucus or to have secretions around the eyes. You may experience burning or stinging sensations around the eyes.
How Contagious Is Pink Eye?
Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are highly transmissible from person to person. Therefore, it is imperative to stay home from work or school if you have pink eye. You must also practice excellent hygiene habits, including handwashing and wiping down high contact areas.
How Is Pink Eye Managed?
Usually, especially for viral pink eye, you need to let it run its course, and it will go away on its own. However, to alleviate the discomfort, a warm, clean rag can be placed over the eyes. Antihistamine eye drops can be also be used to provide some relief. See one of our eye doctors for more severe cases. We will examine your condition closely and may prescribe eye drops to help.
When Should I Call My Ophthalmologist?
If you are experiencing pain in your eyes or having problems seeing clearly, it is time to call an eye doctor. In rare cases, you may have other reactions such as a fever, headache, or temporary vision loss.
Contact Naples Eye Physicians To Alleviate Your Pink Eye
Our ophthalmologists provide quality eye care services to Naples and the surrounding areas. Call our team today at 239-262-6288 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.