Pink eye, commonly known as conjunctivitis, is the swelling or redness of the conjunctiva. It is a clear membrane that turns red and itchy during any viral or bacterial infection. The prevalence rate is about 7.50%. It mostly affects young adults of age group 20 and above. Pink eye conjunctivitis causes pain, watering, irritation, and can rarely also affect your vision.
Symptoms of pink eye conjunctivitis are redness in the white part of the eye or the inner eyelid, increased amount of tears, itchy eyes and burning in the eyes. Other symptoms might include thick yellow discharge that gets deposited over the eyelashes, especially after sleep. Sometimes a green or white discharge might also be observed. Irritation by the invasion of a foreign object such as dust particles or small insects might also cause pink eye conjunctivitis. A sore throat, respiratory infection or cold might trigger the onset of the disease.
One should immediately consult an eye doctor if any of the signs are found in the patient and the condition does not improve within 24 to 48 hours. It is a contagious disease and, hence, can affect the ones living in the same surrounding. Early diagnosis can restrict the disease from spreading. If you wear lenses, and have any symptoms of pink eye conjunctivitis, stop the use immediately.
The eye doctor may advise you a number of tests in case of severe conjunctivitis and he may take samples of your eye secretions for proper study, analysis, and treatment. If it is allergic conjunctivitis, he may advise the patient to take allergy testing. Mostly these infections are self-limiting, but for a speedy recovery and to prevent further sequelae eye doctors prescribe antibiotics, lubricants, and at times mild anti-allergic also. He can also prescribe you eye ointments for night application. The ointment can blur your vision for around 20 minutes after application. It is important to note that one should not wear contact lenses during the infection and keep their surroundings clean.
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