Pink Eye Treatment from Your Optometrist in Seattle, WA
While many people associate pink eye with young children, this condition strikes adults as well. Officially known as conjunctivitis, it can be extremely contagious. Many of our SPEX Eye Care patients have no idea they have this disorder until they actually feel discomfort. Our optometry practice offers a variety of treatment options for conjunctivitis patients at our Seattle offices.
Pink Eye Overview
Patients with pink eye suffer from an inflammation or a swelling of the tissue covering the white parts of the eye. This issue also lines the inner eyelids. Some cases become highly contagious until healthcare professionals are able to contain them.
These are the most frequent causes:
- Allergic reactions to substances such as pollen
- Bacterial infections
- Contaminated cosmetics or lotions
- Items such as contact lenses that touch the eyes
- Viruses, including the one responsible for the common cold
- Some sexually transmitted diseases
Symptoms of Conjunctivitis
The type of infection that develops dictates a patient’s symptoms. The symptom most often linked to conjunctivitis is the pinkish appearance of the affected eye. Other signs include:
- Swollen eyelids
- Eyes that burn or itch
- Sensitivity to light
- Gritty eye sensation
- Eye discharge
- Sensitivity to light
Treatment Options Our Optometry Practice Offers
Patients should undergo an exam to diagnose and treat conjunctivitis as soon as possible due to its potentially contagious nature. In addition to halting its potential spread, the treatment objective of our doctor of optometry is reducing inflammation and symptoms. Accomplishing this takes both self-care and professional expertise. Infected patients should avoid touching their eyes. Undergoing an eye exam can help prevent an initially minor problem from becoming a significant medical issue.
The most appropriate treatment depends on the type of pink eye present:
- Allergic reactions. The patient must avoid the trigger. Steroid eye drops are often beneficial. Cool compresses, NSAIDs, artificial tears, and antihistamines are helpful for some cases.
- Bacterial types. Use of antibiotic drops or an ointment for a few days is usually beneficial.
- Viral causes. Symptoms usually fade over a few weeks. Cool compresses and artificial tears might improve comfort.
- Chemical exposure. A saline flush is appropriate after exposure to a chemical substance. Topical steroids might also be necessary.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Seattle Optometrist
Whether you need eyewear or diagnosis and treatment of an eye disease, our optometry practice is here to provide personalized care. Our SPEX Eye Care optometrist, Dr. Scott Campbell, and his staff are available to meet your needs at two convenient locations. Be sure to call us today to schedule an appointment at our downtown Seattle office (206-682-9515).