Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is a common eye problem, and though it’s rarely serious, it’s usually quite contagious and should be addressed as soon as possible. If you or your child has pink eye, schedule an appointment right away at Your Two Eyes Optometry in Berkeley, California. The team of board-certified optometrists treats pink eye with a focus on quick symptom relief. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin, clear layer of tissue that covers the whites of your eyes and lines the insides of your eyelids. As the name suggests, the inflammation causes the whites of your eyes to appear pink or red as a result of the small blood vessels in your conjunctiva becoming visible.
“Pink eye” usually refers to viral conjunctivitis, the most common type, which is highly contagious and affects both children and adults. However, bacteria and allergies, as well as other more serious eye conditions, can also inflame your conjunctiva and cause a similar bloodshot appearance.
In addition to the telltale pink or red appearance, symptoms of pink eye include:
Conjunctivitis is usually mild, easily treatable, and doesn’t cause vision damage, but it’s a good idea to have your optometrist take a look if your eyes become red and irritated.
The specialists at Your Two Eyes Optometry offer advanced treatments for pink eye and recommend you come to the office for care as soon as you notice symptoms. You may think that you can get the care you need for your pink eye from your primary care physician, but this may delay the correct treatment and the resolution of your symptoms.
When you come in for pink eye care, the specialists at Your Two Eyes Optometry conduct a full eye exam and provide in-office treatment and then monitoring to confirm that your infection has resolved.
Pink eye is about as contagious as the common cold. Your optometrist provides a timeline for when you or your child can return to work, school, or daycare. It’s generally safe to return within three to seven days when obvious symptoms, such as discharge and eye inflammation, are no longer present.
It’s understandable that taking even that much time off may not be feasible. You and your child can help prevent the spread of pink eye with good hygiene, including:
To get treatment for pink eye, call Your Two Eyes Optometry or schedule an appointment online today.