CONJUNCTIVITIS

Conjunctivitis

conjunctivitisConjunctivitis, commonly called pink eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva of the conjunctiva, a thin, transparent layer covering the inner eyelid, and the front of the eye. The eye will be red and often accompanied by a discharge (clear, yellow, or white) and itching in the eye.

 

Causes

 

There are three main causes of pink eye- infectious, allergic and chemical. The infectious form may be either viral or bacterial. Both forms of pink eye are highly contagious. Your body’s response and allergies to pollen, cosmetics, animals, or fabrics can often bring on allergic conjunctivitis. Irritants like air pollution, noxious fumes and chlorine in swimming pools may produce the chemical form of conjunctivitis.

 

Prevention and Treatment

 

With infectious conjunctivitis, avoid spreading conjunctivitis by washing your hands often. Do not touch the infected area with your hands, nor share wash cloths or towels Avoid using makeup which may become contaminated. A child with pink eye should be kept from school for a few days. Your optometrist will need to prescribe antibiotic eye drops and ointments to clear up conjunctivitis.