Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the lining that covers the white part of the eye.  It can be caused by either bacterial or viral infections which is known as “pink eye”.  This condition can be highly contagious!  Typically someone has had a cold or has been around someone who has had a cold or other infectious illness.  It can affect one or both eyes.  Commonly it starts in one eye and then spreads to the other eye.  One may wake up in the morning finding that their eyelids are glued shut.  A watery or mucous discharge is common.  Conjunctivits can also be caused by allergies to things in the environment or even to contact lenses.   The white part of the eye becomes red and the eyelids can become red and swollen also.

Treatment depends upon the cause of the condition.  A careful eye exam will help determine the likely cause.  Treatment may include antibiotic drops, allergy drops and sometimes steroid drops for a short time.