Pink Eye Treatment at Marshall EyeCare Physicians
Were you horrified to see a reddened, watery eye staring back at you in the mirror this morning? You may be suffering from a common and uncomfortable condition known as pink eye, or conjunctivitis. This condition isn't necessarily harmful, but it can cause complications if it gets out of control, and some cases can be highly contagious. But don't worry -- you can get the treatment you need for that nasty case of pink eye here at Marshall EyeCare Physicians in Holmdel NJ.
What Is Pink Eye?
Pink eye is a condition in which the conjunctiva of the eye becomes inflamed or infected. The conjunctiva is a membrane that lines the inner eyelid and the white of the eye. When it becomes inflamed, the normally uncolored tissue turns pink or red. Other symptoms include swelling, itching, a burning sensation, and a painful sensitivity to glare. The affected eye may also produce a fluid discharge which may be either watery or thick depending on the underlying cause.
Pink eye is generally viral, bacterial, or allergic in nature. Viruses tend to produce a thinner discharge than the thick, yellow or green discharge associated with bacterial conjunctivitis. Either of these conditions can be transferred from one person to another. Allergies to airborne pollutants or seasonal pollen can also cause conjunctivitis. A type of allergic conjunctivitis known as giant papillary conjunctivitis is when the eyes are allergic to the protein debris that collects on the outer surfaces of contact lenses.
Pink eye should subside as the underlying cause is resolved or removed, generally within a period of 2 weeks, without doing lasting harm. But an extended or severe case of conjunctivitis can pose a threat to health of your corneal tissues, leading to scarring or other damage.
Soothing Relief at Our Holmdel Optometry Clinic
Our Holmdel optometry clinic can help you cope with your conjunctivitis issues. A careful examination can help us identify the reason for your distress. Once we know whether your pink eye is viral, bacterial, or allergic, we can administer specific treatment methods such as antibiotics, antiviral drugs, or antihistamines. If your contact lenses are irritating your eyes, we can suggest alternative lenses that are less prone to collecting debris. In the meantime, we can counsel you on how to administer warm compresses and other soothing home care practices to ease your discomfort as your eyes heal.
Let Us Help You Clear Up That Case of Pink Eye
If you're tired of seeing red when you look in the mirror, take steps to clear up your pink eye problem. Call our Holmdel optometry office at 732-837-3332 to schedule treatment!