In Tucson, Arizona, the vision specialists at Accent Eyes treat all types of conjunctivitis. This is an eye infection caused by either a virus or bacteria.
What are the main differences between conjunctivitis treatments?
First, viral conjunctivitis is spread in the air, by coughing and sneezing. The infection can spread rapidly to both eyes, causing uncomfortable symptoms that include
• Itching, redness and irritation
• A persistent feeling that something is in the eye
• Blurred, hazy vision and the eyes become increasingly sensitive to light and bright objects
• Continual watering, discharge that may be the color of yellow and green
This type of conjunctivitis treatment is not responsive to antibiotics; therefore, other methods are needed to make the person comfortable. Viral conjunctivitis will resolve on its own with time. This is known as a self-limiting condition. In the meantime, to minimize symptoms and discomfort, vasoconstrictor eye drops and decongestants can reduce the swelling. Natural tears products that come in drops or ointments can soothe the eye.
On the other hand, bacterial conjunctivitis treatment does respond to oral and topical antibiotics. Multiple microorganisms with names such as, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, and Haemophilus influenza may cause the infections. The infection is transmitted via infected people or being near a contaminated object or surface.
Call your eye care professional to schedule an appointment to diagnose and assess a treatment plan. Bacterial conjunctivitis treatment usually includes a course of antibiotic eye drops or ointments. In some cases, you may receive an oral antibiotic prescription. Be sure to complete the full course of the prescribed antibiotic. This will minimize bacterial resistance to the medication and return of the infection.
The doctor may also recommend an antihistamine eye drops to relieve and reduce the swelling and inflammation. Product examples are levocabastine or azelastine hydrochloride. Depending on the severity, plan for a one to two week conjunctivitis treatment course of therapy.
When in the Tucson area, be sure to call Accent Eyes to diagnose if you have an infection or other eye conditions.