Pink Eye Specialist

Mission Viejo Optometric Center

Optometrists located in Mission Viejo, CA

If you have pink eye, it can be itchy, unsightly, irritating, and contagious. At Mission Viejo Optometric Center in Mission Viejo, California, Dr. Tanya Lau, OD, provides the highest standard of optometric care for men, women, and children in Orange County, including effective treatments for pink eye. If you’re dealing with pink eye or have other concerns about your eye health, call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.

Pink Eye Q&A

What is pink eye?

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent membrane that covers the white part of your eyeball and lines your eyelid. When small blood vessels in this membrane become inflamed, they appear more visible and cause the whites of your eyes to look more reddish or pink.

Pink eye is usually the result of a bacterial or viral infection or an allergic reaction. Pink eye in infants is sometimes caused by an incompletely opened tear duct.

What are the symptoms of pink eye?

The most common symptom of pink eye is the pink or red color of the eyes. Other symptoms of pink eye include excess tearing, itching, swelling, and discharge in one or both eyes that develops a crust and prevents your eyes from opening in the morning.

As there are other serious eye conditions that cause eye redness, if you also experience symptoms such as light sensitivity, eye pain, and blurred vision, it’s best to seek medical attention right away.

As soon as pink eye symptoms begin, you should stop wearing your contact lenses.

What causes pink eye?

There are a number of possible causes of pink eye, including:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Allergies
  • Chemical splash and irritation in your eye
  • A foreign object in your eye
  • A blocked tear duct in newborns

When pink eye is contagious, it may spread through direct or indirect contact with the liquid that drains from an infected eye.

Practicing good hygiene and maintaining good eye health help to prevent pink eye.

How is pink eye treated?

While pink eye is irritating, it doesn’t generally affect your vision and there are treatments available to ease your discomfort. Dr. Lau offers a range of treatment options for pink eye, including:

  • Eye drops and artificial tears
  • Cleaning your eyelids with a wet cloth
  • Applying cold or warm compresses
  • Antiviral medications
  • Prescription allergy eye drops
  • Antihistamines
  • Mast cell stabilizers
  • Anti-inflammatory medications, decongestants, and steroids

While it isn’t usually necessary, antibiotic eye drops may help in some instances. You should stop wearing your contact lenses and any eye makeup until all the symptoms of pink eye have resolved.

If you have pink eye, visit Dr. Lau as soon as possible for effective and efficient treatment. Call Mission Viejo Optometric Center in Orange County or use online booking to schedule an appointment online today.