Pink Eye Treatment From an Optometrist in Yakima
Pink eye is a very common and treatable infection of the eye. Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is very contagious. While the condition rarely affects your vision, pink eye symptoms can be irritating and uncomfortable. Fortunately, our optometrist in Yakima can diagnose conjunctivitis and prescribe pink eye medicine to relieve your symptoms when appropriate.
Conjunctivitis affects the transparent membrane covering the inside of your eyelids and the whites of your eyes. This membrane, known as the conjunctiva, contains small blood vessels. Infections, like with pink eye, irritate and inflame these small blood vessels, which causes the whites of your eyes to appear pink.
The condition can be the result of an infection from a virus or bacteria. An allergic reaction or contact with an irritant, such as chlorine in swimming pools, can also cause the condition.
Early diagnosis and treatment helps pink eye clear up quickly – they can also limit the spread of conjunctivitis to other people.
Pink Eye Symptoms
Conjunctivitis can affect one or both eyes. Pink eye symptoms include:
- Red eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Gritty feeling
- A discharge that forms a crust over your eyelid that prevents you from opening your eye in the morning
Pink eye can be contagious for as long as two weeks after the first symptoms appear. This means it can spread to other people through contact with contaminated towels, countertops, or un-chlorinated or unclean swimming pools.
Treatment for Pink Eye in Yakima
Our optometrist provides treatment for pink eye in Yakima. Treatment depends largely on the cause of pink eye. Our Yakima optometrist will prescribe antibacterial eye drops or ointment if bacteria caused your pink eye. Eye drops containing antihistamines relieve symptoms of pink eye associated with allergies.
Antibiotics will not relieve pink eye symptoms caused by a virus. Our optometrist can help alleviate your symptoms by recommending lubricating eye drops. You can also apply warm or cold compresses to your closed eye – use whichever one feels better.
Pink eye easily spreads to other people, or even from one eye to the other. Since infectious pink eye is contagious, you should throw away mascara brushes, eyeliner, shadow and other makeup items used near your eyes to avoid getting further eye infections. If you or someone in your house has pink eye, do not share towels or washcloths, cosmetics, cotton balls or gauze, even with family members. Wash your hands often, especially after touching your eyes.
Our Yakima optometrist may suggest that you avoid wearing contact lenses, if you wear them, while you have conjunctivitis. Throw away disposable contact lenses after your infection clears up and select a new pair. Disinfect your lenses and case at least twice if you do not wear disposable contact lenses.
If you have pink eye, make an appointment with Yakima Vision Center, located at 2010 W Lincoln Ave #1, Yakima, WA. Call our office today!