At Naples Eye Physicians, our Naples eye doctors offer a wide range of eye care services to suit your needs, including pink eye treatment. Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is a condition that causes the outer membrane of the eye and inner eyelid to become irritated and inflamed. Pink eye can occur in one or both eyes and is highly contagious if left untreated. By being aware of the common symptoms of pink eye and knowing your treatment options, you can seek care promptly if this condition ever affects you.
Causes and Symptoms of Pink Eye
Pink eye can be brought on by a number of causes. Bacterial and viral infections are the most common causes, though eye allergies can cause it as well. Of course, because pink eye is highly contagious, it can also occur upon coming into contact with eye secretions from another infected person.
The most common symptoms of pink eye include:
- general eye pain
- irritation and redness
- eye discharge or watery eyes
- sensitivity to light
In some cases, symptoms can even spread beyond the eyes and cause a runny nose, sneezing, or other cold-like symptoms.
Conjunctivitis/Pink Eye Treatment Options
If you experience any symptoms of pink eye, it's always a good idea to see an eye doctor for an evaluation. This is especially important for children and teens (who are most likely to be affected by conjunctivitis); the last thing you want is for the condition to be spread to others.
Fortunately, if you're suffering from pink eye, our team here at Naples Eye Physicians can help. We'll begin with an exam in our office, which will include a review of your symptoms. If pink eye is believed to be the culprit, there are a number of treatment options that we may recommend. Medications, such as antibiotics or steroids, tend to be the most effective in treating pink eye. However, there are additional steps you can take at home to help relieve your symptoms. Many patients, for example, find that applying a cold compress to the eye area can help to reduce inflammation and swelling. Artificial tears can also help to relieve some of the irritation commonly associated with pink eye.
While you're being treated for pink eye, it's important that you wash your hands regularly and be more aware of your overall personal hygiene. Doing so will help to reduce your risk of spreading pink eye to others. With proper treatment, your symptoms should clear up within a few days, though if your conjunctivitis was caused by allergies, longer term treatment may be required.
Schedule an Appointment With Our Naples Eye Doctors Today
If you're experiencing symptoms of pink eye, it's time to schedule an appointment with our Naples eye doctors today. You can reach Naples Eye Physicians by calling our office at (239) 262-6288; we'd be happy to find an appointment slot that will work with your busy schedule!