Accent Eye Care What is pinkeye, causes and symptoms?

Pinkeye is an inflammatory condition of the conjunctiva of the eye and is also known as Conjunctivitis. The conjunctiva is the thin layer of tissue that covers the white part of the eye as well as lining the inside of the eyelid. Conjunctivitis is highly contagious, depending on the causative agent but is rarely serious if treated promptly. The spread of bacterial and viral pinkeye is accelerated by poor hygiene like not washing your hands properly or sharing objects like towels.
Causes of pinkeye
a. Bacterial
b. Viruses like the ones that cause the common cold.
c. Result of allergic reactions to substances such as pollen and dust.
d. Parasites, amoebas, and fungi.
e. Reaction to eye drops.
f. Irritants, for example, chlorine in a pool, shampoos, and smoke.
Symptoms of pinkeye
One of the most telltale symptoms of pinkeye is eye redness. The inflammation of the conjunctiva causes the white part of the eye to appear red or pink. Pinkeye can make the eyelids of the infected person red or swollen. It may begin in one eye, then spread to the other, or start in both eyes simultaneously. The person may find themselves tearing up a lot. The eyes may feel overwhelmingly itchy, or you may have a burning sensation. There may be drainage from the eyes. It may be transparent or colored, depending on the cause. You may get crusty eyelids, especially after you wake up when the discharge from the eyes dries up. It may cause your eyes to stick shut.
Pinkeye, though irritating and contagious, is rarely serious if you take mitigative steps fast. If you or your child has it, call Accent Eyes for an appointment with one of our physician. We will take the necessary measures to treat your condition so that you don’t spread it to others. Accent Eyes is here to help you and your families optical needs.