Pink eye is one of the most common conditions we treat. Pink eye occurs when microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses, get into your eye and cause inflammation or irritation. There are three main types of pink eye:
Infectious conjunctivitis is the only type of pink eye that is contagious, although, there are many types of infectious conjunctivitis including:
Herpes simplex conjunctivitis
While there are many types of pink eye, bacterial conjunctivitis and viral conjunctivitis are the most common. Bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria that infect the eye. The bacteria can be spread through contact with an infected individual, exposure to contaminated surfaces, or other illnesses, such as sinus or ear infections. Viral conjunctivitis is an airborne virus that is highly contagious and can be spread through sneezing and coughing. Viral conjunctivitis also can accompany common viral upper respiratory infections such as measles, the flu, or the common cold.
Our providers will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine what type of pink eye you have. The doctor might also ask you to shine a light on your eye for better visibility and inquire about past treatments you have had for a pink eye. With our video capabilities, you can bring your phone, tablet, or desktop with video close to your eye, so your provider can get a clear view of the illness.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Depending on the cause and your severity, your treatment plan may include a combination of:
Over-the-counter eye drops
Or prescription eye drops
Pink eye symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:
Redness around the eye
Increased tear production
A thick, yellow discharge
Itching or burning sensation
If you are concerned about your child's eye, please call our office to have your child evaluated