Pink Eye Treatment
The scientific name for pink eye is conjunctivitis. Although it is a common condition among young people, adults can also suffer from it. If you or your child are suffering from pink eye, contact our eye doctors at The Family Eye Site in Pembroke Pines, FL. We offer a wide range of eye care services including treatment for pink eye.
Understanding Pink Eye
The three major culprits that are responsible for most pink eye cases are bacteria, viruses, and allergens. The condition is often very contagious in crowded areas. These are the most common ways to contract pink eye:
- Using contaminated skincare products
- Bacterial infections
- Allergic reactions to cosmetic irritants or pollen
- Viruses, including the one responsible for the common cold
- Objects that directly touch the eye
- Some sexually transmitted diseases
Pink Eye Symptoms
The most often associated symptom of pink eye is a pinkish hue of the infected eye, which may occur before any discomfort. Other common symptoms include:
- Sensitivity to light
- A gritty feeling in the eye
- Too much tearing
- Eye discharge
- Eyes that burn or itch
- Swollen eyelids
For the best resolution of your pink eye, visit our eye doctor immediately after the symptoms appear. The goal of our optometry practice is two-fold: finding relief for the patient and preventing the potential spread of the condition. Accomplishing these objectives requires specific care at home beyond the treatment that we provide in our office.
The first step is an eye exam. Detecting conjunctivitis and treating it at an early stage can prevent it from worsening. We advise all of our patients that are diagnosed with pink eye to stop touching their eyes. Beyond that advice, the most appropriate treatment parallels the cause of the condition.
With a bacterial infection, antibiotic eye drops or ointments are the usual treatments. For those suffering from a viral infection, artificial tears paired with cool compresses for a few days can be beneficial. A chemical cause requires flushing the eyes repeatedly. Some patients improve with a topical steroid. For those with an infection that is related to an allergy, antihistamines, artificial tears, and cool compresses can help.
Schedule an Exam with Our Eye Doctor in Pembroke Pines, FL
Dr. Kennedy at The Family Eye Site provides quality eye care services for a wide range of eye health issues, including pink eye. If you or your child are experiencing pink eye, call our team today at (954) 430-8330 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.