Overview Of Conjunctivitis
This disorder is a swelling or inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent tissue that serves as a lining of the inner eyelid, and as a covering for the white portion of an eye. Some forms of this disease, which is commonly called pink eye, are quite contagious. Conjunctivitis is especially common in children.
This disorder has a number of potential causes, among them:● Bacterial infection● Allergic reaction to substances such as pollen, smoke, chlorine, cosmetic ingredients, or products like contact lenses that touch the eye● Certain diseases that are sexually transmitted● Contaminated makeup or facial lotions● Viruses such as the common cold
Common symptoms include:● Gritty sensation in the affected eye or eyes● Eye burning or itching sensation● Excessive tearing● Eye discharge● Swollen eyelids● Pinkish hue to the white portion of an eye● Heightened light sensitivity
Our optometrist diagnoses pink eye by taking a patient history, performing measurements of visual acuity, and using bright light and magnification to evaluate the conjunctiva and other external parts of the eye. An exam also includes assessing inner eye structures to make sure no other portions have been affected. In some cases, submitting samples of tissue for laboratory analysis is necessary.
Conjunctivitis is a common condition of the eye affecting school-age children. The condition affects approximately 3 million children each year. Should also be noted that adults can also contract conjunctivitis. As common as the condition is, parents and school officials often have more questions then they do answers regarding the condition. Here at Lakeside Eye Associates in Huntersville we have compiled the most frequently asked questions regarding pink eye and have answered them here.
Don’t suffer from the aggravation of a bout of pink eye. Call us today at 704-896-3311 to schedule an appointment with your optometrist in Lake Norman, Dr. Brad Hearn. Lakeside Eye Associates offers conjunctivitis treatment and a full range of eye care services to help you experience the best vision possible.