Conjunctivitis, commonly known as the pink eye, is quite common. Here at our Ohio optical practice, we get a lot of visits each year from people suffering from conjunctivitis, where the conjunctiva (that thin membrane running along the insides of your eyelids) is severely inflamed. In treating this eye condition, we need to figure out which type of conjunctivitis is affecting you.
1. Viral conjunctivitis – The same strain of virus which causes the common cold is the same virus responsible for the pink eye. This type is very contagious but will most likely disappear on its own.
2. Bacterial conjunctivitis – This type is mostly caused by the Streptococcus or Staphylococcus strains. Bacterial conjunctivitis may have little or no discharge and is often characterized by the formation of mild crust in the eyelashes area in the morning. For this type, antibiotic eye drops are prescribed.
3. Allergic conjunctivitis – This type isn’t contagious and is actually caused by exposure to an allergen, most of which can be found in the environment. Ocular allergies are often treated with anti-allergy eye drops and/or artificial tears.
To help you figure out which type of pink eye is affecting you and to be able to use the appropriate type of treatment, contact any of our three offices today for a personal consultation! Call us at 330-305-2200 or fill out any of these patient forms. We look forward to your visit!