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Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be quite transmittable and quickly spread in school and at the office.

Conjunctivitis is seen when the conjunctiva, or thin transparent layer of tissue covering the white part of the eye, becomes inflamed. You can identify conjunctivitis if you notice eye redness, discharge, itching or swollen eyelids and a crusty discharge surrounding the eyes early in the day. Pink eye infections can be divided into three main types: viral, allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis.

The viral type is usually a result of a similar virus to that which produces the recognizable red, watery eyes, sore throat and runny nose of the common cold. The red, itchy, watery eyes caused by viral pink eye are likely to last from a week to two and then will clear up on their own. You may however, be able to reduce some of the discomfort by using soothing drops or compresses. Viral pink eye is transmittable until it is completely cleared up, so in the meantime maintain excellent hygiene, remove eye discharge and try to avoid using communal pillowcases or towels. If your son or daughter has viral conjunctivitis, he or she will have to be kept home from school for three days to a week until symptoms disappear.

A bacterial infection such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or cream. One should notice an improvement within just a few days of antibiotic drops, but be sure to adhere to the full prescription dosage to prevent pink eye from recurring.

Allergic pink eye is not contagious. It is usually a result of a known allergy such as hay fever or pet allergies that sets off an allergic reaction in their eyes. First of all, to treat allergic pink eye, you should eliminate the irritant. Use cool compresses and artificial tears to relieve discomfort in mild cases. When the infection is more severe, your eye doctor might prescribe a medication such as an anti-inflammatory or antihistamine. In cases of chronic allergic pink eye, topical steroid eye drops could be used.

Pink eye should always be diagnosed by a qualified eye doctor in order to identify the type and best course of treatment. Never treat yourself! Keep in mind the sooner you begin treatment, the lower chance you have of giving pink eye to loved ones or prolonging your discomfort.

 

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As your eye health care provider, you can trust that we always take your health and your eye care seriously. The wellness of our patients, our staff and our community is of the utmost importance to us.

Therefore, due to the recommendations of the CDC and the Governor of North Carolina and Henderson County officials, our office will be closed until Monday, April 20th.

Obviously, circumstances may change and any change in our projected re-opening date will be posted on our website (professionalvisioncenter.com), social media (Facebook and Instagram) and telephone answering machine.

If you have an urgent eye condition develop that requires immediate attention, please contact one of the following ophthalmology practices that is available for emergency eye care appointments:

CAROLINA OPHTHALMOLOGY: (828) 693 - 1773

ASHEVILLE EYE ASSOCIATES: 1- 800 – 531 – 3937

Or, you may contact Dr. Anderson by phone or text at (828) 545-6041.

We realize that this is a VERY challenging time for all of us. We look forward to serving you and all your eye care needs in the future. We will all get through this together !

Dr. Timothy Anderson and the staff of Professional Vision Center