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What is Pink Eye? Our Optometrist Explains in This Blog.

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What is Pink Eye in Wichita, KS?

Pink eye or conjunctivitis as it is referred to by doctors is an infection of the eye, and it is highly contagious. Pinkeye causes swelling and redness of the lining of the eye, as it affects the mucous membrane that lines the eyelid and the surface of the eye.

Different Types of Pink Eyes

The different types of pink eye you can get are:

  • Allergic conjunctivitis
  • Bacterial
  • Viral

Causes of Pink Eye

In most cases of pinkeye, it is caused by:

  • Allergies
  • Smoke
  • Fumes
  • Dry eyes/ exposure to the environment or weather

Symptoms of Pink Eye

The symptoms of pinkeye can start with a scratchy sensation in the affected eye. Your eyelids will become swollen, sore and inflamed, and your vision will become blurred and you will experience a discharge from the affected eye. In addition to the soreness of swelling and blurred vision, you might experience the presence of a sticky, crusty substance, depending on which type of pink eye you have.

How to Prevent Pink Eye from Spreading

However, pinkeye is a common eye disease, and with medication, it goes away within seven to 10 days. Although it is most common in children, adults can contract pink eye as well. It is important to note that pink eye is highly contagious. If you have the infection in one eye, you can easily contract it in the other eye if you do not follow safety precautions. For example:

  • Do not rub your eye
  • Wash your hands thoroughly, with soap and water
  • Do not touch your other eye after treating your infected eye
  • Use a clean towel or washcloth -never share towels or washcloths with infected persons

How Do We Treat Your Pink Eye?

We treat all cases of eye allergies, including pinkeye. We understand that sometimes people contract pink eye due to allergies or from an infected person. We other several treatment options such as:

  • An eye exam
  • An evaluation to determine the cause
  • Medicated eye drops
  • Determination of allergic factors such as environmental, chemical or other triggers
  • Preventative measures

Contact Us Today

To get the best treatment for your pink eye in Wichita, visit our Wichita optometrist. You can schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly and experienced optometrists by calling (316) 942-7496.

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