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