Pink eye, or what is clinically known as conjunctivitis, occurs when your eye becomes inflamed, and possibly infected, leading to a reddish color and frustrating symptoms to deal with. At The Eyeglass Shop, our priorities include not only your best vision, but also the well-being of your eyes. So come to us when you have conjunctivitis in San Antonio.
The causes of this eye condition can be viral or bacterial in nature; or it may also occur as the result of the effects of irritants like shampoo that gets in your eye, for example. Allergens, such as dust or pollen, may also be responsible for conjunctivitis in San Antonio. There are a variety of symptoms associated with it, and among them are increased tear production, an itching or burning sensation in your eyes, blurry vision, unusual sensitivity to light, and a discharge from your eye that can be green, while, or even a thick yellowish one that can crust over your eyelashes. Of course, this is in addition to most identifiable sign, which is redness of the eye or inner eyelid. Our eye doctor will do a thorough examination, and may take a sample of the discharge, if there is any, so that it can be sent to the lab for analysis. It is key to the effective treatment of conjunctivitis in San Antonio that the root cause is identified. If bacterial, antibiotics will be the applicable way to address it, either as eye drops, ointments, or orally. Viral pink eye will go away on its own, in about a week or so. Much like with a cold, there is no direct treatment for it. But the viral form is more contagious and you should be careful about transmitting it to others. Wash your hands often.
If irritants are the cause, water will be recommended to wash out the problem. And allergy-related pink eye needs to be managed by removing the allergen an treating you for the allergic condition. Call our office to schedule an examination.