We can help. Most forms of conjunctivitis (pink eye) respond favorably to treatment and symptom management. We can reduce the severity and frequency of your symptoms while alleviating your discomfort.
Pink eye can be caused by several different things, from the environment around us to pathogens spread from person to person. Each unique cause of pink eye responds best to certain treatments. With a proper diagnosis, we can quickly identify the origin of your conjunctivitis and the best course of treatment.
A visit to our clinic is usually faster than visiting a walk-in clinic. We will diagnose the cause of your case of conjunctivitis and provide the appropriate treatment.
Conjunctivitis is usually referred to as pink eye, and sometimes red eye, due to its prominent symptoms.
Conjunctivitis describes when the conjunctiva – a thin network of cells that line your eye – is inflamed. Inflammation of the conjunctiva causes it to turn visibly red- hence the colloquialism, pink eye.
It can be caused by a variety of factors, though the most common in Wichita are bacterial, viral, and allergic causes.
Conditions that cause inflammation of the conjunctiva are fairly numerous, and so the cause of your case of conjunctivitis should be diagnosed before formalized treatment begins.
This is the most common type of conjunctivitis that we encounter. This form of pink eye is highly contagious, and it can spread quickly through populations of people. Every parent has encountered this condition in their children at least once. Several different types of bacteria can cause bacterial conjunctivitis, and in most cases, transmission is done via hand/eye contact.
Viral conjunctivitis is quite contagious and can quickly spread. It can be caused by many different viruses, including viruses responsible for the common cold, flu, and other respiratory infections.
Allergic conjunctivitis occurs when the body has an allergic response to external stimuli. Seasonal allergy sufferers, like those with hay fever, have likely experienced this version of pink eye at least once.
The most obvious symptom is visible reddening of the conjunctiva, which lines the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelid. This symptom is what has given conjunctivitis its “pink eye” namesake.
Other symptoms include:
In most cases, conjunctivitis is not treated directly through antibiotics or medication. Strong cases of bacterial conjunctivitis will be prescribed antibiotic eye drops (or oral antibiotics if needed). Otherwise, pathogens will be left to run their course.
Symptoms can be managed through a combination of eye drops and supportive therapy. Warm compresses can go a long way in alleviating discomfort. We will provide you a specific course of treatment based on the cause and severity of your symptoms.
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