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Conjunctivitis (Red Eye)

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There’s No Need to Suffer The Symptoms of Red Eye/Pink Eye. Our Optometrists Can Help.

What Causes Pink Eye?

There are numerous things that can cause conjunctivitis (the technical term for pink eye/red eye). They range from environmental factors (dust, smoke, pollen), irritation from chemicals (shampoos, soaps, smoke, cleaning products), as well as viruses and bacteria.

Do I Have Conjunctivitis?

Our testing will accurately diagnose you. Our Optometrists can provide you a prescription for treatment (if required), as well as appropriate next steps.

A visit to our clinic is almost always faster than waiting at a walk-in clinic or emergency room.

Symptoms include:

  • Itchy, scratchy eyes
  • A burning sensation
  • Excessive tearing
  • Redness of the eye, eyelid, or surrounding tissue
  • Sensitivity to light
How is Red Eye Treated?

Due to the varied causes of conjunctivitis, there are numerous treatment protocols:

  • If the cause is bacterial, our Optometrist will prescribe antibiotics (typically as eye drops, though there are oral or topical alternatives).
  • If the cause is viral, our Optometrist will provide options for management of the symptoms. However, the virus must run its course.
  • If the cause is environmental, our Optometrist will help you identify what is causing your reaction so that you can remove the source. The symptoms should resolve with time.

Important Information About Conjunctivitis (Red Eye/Pink Eye)

It Can Be Very Contagious!

If the cause of the condition is bacterial or viral, there is significant risk of exposing others to it.

The Symptoms Are Typically Treated Quickly

Most forms of conjunctivitis can be quickly treated. There’s no need to suffer for any longer than you have to.

Next Steps

A Visit to West 10th Eyes is Almost Always Faster Than a Visit to a Walk-In Clinic or ER

When you book your appointment, be sure to specify that you think you have conjunctivitis and would like to be tested for it. One of our Optometrists will perform a series of tests to determine the cause and provide you a treatment plan.

Learn more about our eye exams, or book an appointment now.