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Conjunctivitis (Red Eye)

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Conjunctivitis is an infection resulting in inflammation of the front surface of the eye, also known as pinkeye. The conjunctiva is the thin clear tissue that lies over the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid. This is frequently a less serious visual health concern attributed to a bacteria or virus contacting the eye in between the surface and eyelid. The condition may also be caused by irritants coming into contact with the eye, such as pool chlorine, shampoos, and smoke. Seasonal allergies, including pollen and dust also can contribute to conjunctivitis. Symptoms of conjunctivitis include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Unusually watery eyes
  • Yellow ocular discharge
  • Red or pink colored eyes
  • Itchy or burning sensation
  • Increasingly excessive tearing

Conjunctivitis is highly contagious and must be thoroughly removed from anything that may have come in contact with the infected area. Eyeglasses, sunglasses, and face towels should be washed immediately. Makeup and contact lenses need be replaced. Over the counter solutions such as polysporin eye drops can be used to help speed recovery, but you should also cleanse the irritant from the eye area thoroughly. However, avoid irritating your eye any further by touching or scratching the eyelid. Consult with an Optometrist at Red Deer Eye Care if symptoms do not clear up or worsen.

Written by Tom Lampard

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