Pink Eye Treatment from Our Optometrist in Tupelo
Pink eye takes its name from the appearance of an affected eye. Common to office workers, schoolchildren, retail employers, and others who work closely with people, it also goes by the medical name of conjunctivitis. Although it can be highly contagious, multiple treatment options are available from our L.P. Britt, P.A. optometry practice in Tupelo.
Summary of Pink Eye
Pink eye could be either an infection or an inflammation of the conjunctiva. This is the transparent membrane covering the white portion of the eyeball and lining the eyelid. The cause of the characteristic pink appearance of an affected eye is inflammation of small blood vessels within the conjunctiva.
While this disorder is typically irritating, it seldom affects vision. Diagnosing and treating conjunctivitis early can help contain its spread as well as ease discomfort. The most common causes of this disorder include:
- Infections caused by bacteria or viruses
- Allergic reactions to substances such as pollen or cosmetics
- Contaminated lotions or makeup
- Objects touching the eye, such as contact lenses
- Some sexually transmitted diseases
Pink Eye Symptoms
The pink eye symptoms our Tupelo optometry patients experience match the type of conjunctivitis each one has. The sign most often associated with conjunctivitis is the pink or reddish appearance of the affected eye. Other common symptoms include:
- Gritty sensation
- Excess tearing
- Swollen eyelids
- Burning or itching eyes
- Crusty eye discharge
- Sensitivity to light
Treatment from Our Optometry Practice
Treatment for conjunctivitis involves a combination of professional and self-care steps. The objective of our optometry practice is preventing the spread of contagious cases, as well as reducing patient discomfort.
Seeking help from an eye care professional is important to make sure a relatively minor problem does not turn into a major health issue. The appropriate treatment depends on the type of conjunctivitis present.
Cases of viral conjunctivitis typically require no medical treatment. Relief comes from applying a cold, wet washcloth.
Medications for allergy can reduce or prevent occurrences of the allergic type. Various over-the-counter products and cool compresses bring relief.
Our doctor prescribes antibiotic eye drops for individuals with bacterial conjunctivitis. All types require the patient to avoid touching the eyes and avoiding contact lenses until the end of treatment.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Tupelo Optometrist
Our optometrist, Dr. Lloyd Britt, is pleased to provide a full range of optometric services for adults and children. Our L.P. Britt, P.A. practice sees patients on both a routine and an emergency basis for needs ranging from corrective lenses to diagnosing eye diseases. Be sure to call our Tupelo optometry practice today at 662-844-3436 to schedule your next eye exam.