Pink Eye Diagnosis & Treatment With Our Mooresville Optometry Team
Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye, is a condition that our optometry team in Mooresville frequently sees at our clinic. Though the condition is quite uncomfortable, it is highly treatable. Keep reading to learn a little bit more about this eye disease so that you'll be better prepared to seek help if you or a loved one ever begins to show signs or symptoms.
What Is Conjunctivitis?
Here's a little trick in the medical world: anything condition ending in "-itis" refers to inflammation. In this case, conjunctivitis (pink eye) is an inflammation of the outer surface of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids. These adjacent surfaces are actually covered by a protective mucous membrane called the conjunctiva; it is this tissue that becomes acutely inflamed.
What Are The Causes & Symptoms Of Conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection. It can also occur due to an allergic reaction. It most commonly affects school-aged children, however anyone can get it, especially because the condition is highly contagious. Conjunctivitis symptoms, which can range in severity, typically include:
- Eye redness (hence the term "pink eye"!)
- Swollen and/or puffy eyelids
- Itchiness and discomfort in the eyes
- Watery discharge
- Blurry vision
How Is Conjunctivitis Diagnosed?
An optometrist is a health care professional who is highly trained in the diagnosis of conjunctivitis. He or she can diagnose you by completing a thorough examination of the eye and by asking specific questions about your history and symptoms. The 3 main types of conjunctivitis (that is, viral, bacterial, or allergic) present with similar symptoms but also have unique signs, as well. Knowing these will help us determine the underlying cause.
I'm Looking For Conjunctivitis Treatment In Mooresville. Can Your Optometry Team Help?
Absolutely! Once one of our optometrists have diagnosed the exact type of your conjunctivitis, we can implement an appropriate treatment plan. Treatment may include eye drops and antibiotics (if it's a bacterial infection).
It's important to remember that this condition is extremely contagious. You can prevent the spread of the eye disease by following a few simple rules:
- Avoid touching your eyes at all costs! If you do touch your eyes, wash your hands immediately.
- Throw away any contact lenses worn while infected, and switch to eyeglasses during treatment.
- Change your pillow case every night.
Are You Or A Loved One Struggling With Signs & Symptoms Of Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)? Then Call Our Mooresville Optometry Team Now
It's almost too easy to take your vision and eye health for granted. At The Eye Care Center of Mooresville, our optometry team encourages everyone to visit with an eye doctor at least once a year to ensure that their eyes are in good shape. If you're struggling with an acute bout of pink eye or some other eye health condition, we can help, too! To schedule an initial consultation, call (704) 664-9121 now.