Also known as pink eye, this disease is caused by a bacteria or virus leading to inflammation of the inner eyelid and the outer membrane of the eyeball. Its symptoms include redness, irritation, tearing, and discharge in or around the eyes. At Shreya Hospital in Ghaziabad, we offer the best eye treatment for conjunctivitis while keeping in mind the patient’s present health condition.
Though pink eye can be irritating, it rarely affects your vision. Treatments can help ease the discomfort of pink eye. Because pink eye can be contagious, getting an early diagnosis and taking certain precautions can help limit its spread.
Symptoms of Conjunctivitis
The most common pink eye symptoms include:
- Redness in one or both eyes.
- Itchiness in one or both eyes.
- A gritty feeling in one or both eyes.
- A discharge in one or both eyes that forms a crust during the night that may prevent your eye or eyes from opening in the morning.
- Sensitivity to light, called photophobia.
Causes of pink eye include:
- A chemical splash in the eye.
- A foreign object in the eye.
- In newborns, a blocked tear duct.
Preventing the spread of pink eye:
Practice good hygiene to control the spread of pink eye. For instance:
- Don’t touch your eyes with your hands.
- Wash your hands often.
- Use a clean towel and washcloth daily.
- Don’t share towels or washcloths.
- Change your pillowcases often.
- Throw away old eye cosmetics, such as mascara.
- Don’t share eye cosmetics or personal eye care items.
Treatment of Conjunctivitis
Pink eye treatment is usually focused on symptom relief. Your provider may recommend:
- Using artificial tears.
- Cleaning your eyelids with a wet cloth.
- Applying cold or warm compresses several times daily.
If you wear contact lenses, you’ll be advised to stop wearing them until treatment is complete. Your provider will likely recommend that you throw out soft contacts you’ve already worn.
Disinfect hard lenses overnight before you reuse them. Ask your provider if you should discard and replace your contact lens accessories, such as the lens case used before or during the illness. Also replace any eye makeup used before your illness.
The virus needs time to run its course. This typically takes around 2 to 3 weeks. It often begins in one eye and then infects the other eye within a few days. Your symptoms should gradually clear on their own. Antiviral Medicines and Eye drops prescribed by the Specialist doctor to get relief from symptoms.