What is conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis is commonly known as pink eye and is an infection or inflammation of the membrane which is transparent and lines part of the eyeball as well as the eyelid. Inflammation occurs when the small blood vessels in the membrane become more outstanding. This is the reason for red or pink cast to the whites of the eyes.
Pink eye or conjunctivitis is caused commonly by an allergic reaction, a viral or bacterial infection, or – especially in babies – a tear duct which is only partly opened.
This pink eye inflammation can be very irritating, but it very rarely affects the vision. If an individual suspects pink eye, steps should be taken to ease the discomfort. Since pink eye can be contagious, an early diagnosis and treatment is better to help stop its spread.
The common symptoms for conjunctivitis include:
- Both eyes or one being red
- Both eyes or one being itchy
- Both eyes or one have a gritty feeling
- Both eyes or one has a discharge which forms a crust during the night
- Both eyes or one has tearing
An appointment with your eye doctor should be made when you notice any symptoms or signs you believe might be pink eye. Pink eye may be highly contagious for as much as 2 weeks after symptoms or signs begin. When there is an early diagnosis you can protect those around you from catching this infection, get treatment to help manage the symptoms and diminish the risk of complications.
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