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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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.