Conjunctivitis, usually known as pink eye, is an inflammation of the white of the eye, normally associated with redness, itchiness, irritation, or dryness. Some patients may experience discharge.
There are a few common types of conjunctivitis:
- Allergic conjunctivitis: You can develop this form of conjunctivitis if you have an allergy to pet hair, pollen, dander, or dust. Eye drops and allergy medications can usually help you manage your symptoms. Please speak to our doctors before you use any over-the-counter products.
- Bacterial conjunctivitis: Bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by a bacterial infection. Antibiotics are required to treat the infection and can be prescribed by your optometrist. This type of conjunctivitis is contagious, so please stay home from work or school until your symptoms have completely subsided.
- Viral conjunctivitis: Viral conjunctivitis is highly contagious, but like the common cold, there is no treatment. The management of viral conjunctivitis is supportive and may include artificial tears to help alleviate symptoms. Since it spreads quickly and easily, you should avoid public spaces until your symptoms have completely subsided.
See your optometrist to determine the cause of your symptoms.