What is Conjunctivitis?
In the US there are more than 3 million cases of conjunctivitis per year. Commonly known as ‘pink eye’, the traits of the infection include an inflammation or swelling of the inner surface of the eyelid and visibly makes the white part of the eye a reddish/pink color. The infection spreads easily and is often caused by an allergic reaction, irritation from smoke or pollen, or when the eye comes into contact with ingredients such as makeup products or an expired contact lens.
Types of Conjunctivitis:
Allergic. Triggered when you come into contact with an item or environment that generates an allergic reaction.
Bacterial. Can be caused with poor hygiene choices such as applying contaminated lotion to the face, sharing makeup, or wearing expired contact lenses.
Viral. When the common cold strikes, coughing and sneezing spreads viruses which may affect your respiratory system, leading to trouble breathing, and excessively blowing your nose – all triggering irritation to the eyes.
Chemical. When a toxic chemical spills in your eye, if it is not flushed out in time, this type of conjunctivitis can lead to scarring or even a loss of the eye.
- Pink discoloration in the white part of eye
- Swollen eyelids
- Excessive tears
- Burning or itching sensation
How to Prevent Conjunctivitis
Practicing good hygiene is the first way to prevent conjunctivitis. On a daily basis you should follow these habits:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
- Change out washcloths, especially those used near or around the eyes.
- Avoid sharing your cosmetics with others.
- Do not wear expired contact lens.
What to Do if You Have Conjunctivitis
Most importantly, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should avoid contact with other people and contact our eye doctor immediately. Conjunctivitis can spread easily by a simple hug. Avoid the following if you have pink eye:
- Touching other people.
- Touching your eyes with your hands.
- Using dirty towels anywhere near the face.
- Applying eye cosmetics such as mascara (you may want to discard your makeup to avoid further infection).
- Wearing contact lenses.
How Hayder Eye Care Can Help
Hayder Eye Care is committed to recommending the best ways to treat conjunctivitis. Through proper examination our eye doctor in El Paso can suggest a method of treatment right for you. Call us today at 915-592-4600 to schedule an exam.