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Conjunctivitis (Red Eye/Pink Eye) Has Many Causes. We Will Quickly Diagnose and Treat Your Symptoms.

There are many things that can cause conjunctivitis, including things that we use every day. If you are suffering from conjunctivitis, visit us for quick diagnosis and treatment of your symptoms.

Some causes of conjunctivitis are contagious. Certain types of bacteria and viruses can both cause red eye/pink eye symptoms. We recommend visiting us for a diagnosis before choosing to return to work or commit to social events.

Visiting us for your conjunctivitis symptoms is almost always going to be faster than driving to a walk-in clinic or emergency room. We are completely equipped to diagnose and treat your symptoms, and we direct-bill many insurance programs.

Don’t suffer any longer than you need to. Visit us for timely relief of your symptoms.

Important Information About Conjunctivitis

Causes of conjunctivitis

The most common causes of conjunctivitis include:

  • Environmental factors – Smoke, dust, allergens
  • Chemicals – Shampoos, soaps, cleaning products, perfumes, etc.
  • Pathogenic – Certain types of viruses and bacteria
Symptoms of conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis earned its nicknames (red eye/pink eye) for the primary symptom it presents. Other symptoms include:

  • Itchy, scratchy eyes
  • A burning sensation in the eye
  • Watery eyes/excessive tearing
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Redness of the eye, eyelid, or surrounding tissue
Diagnosing conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis can generally be diagnosed during an eye exam. If you have a severe case of conjunctivitis, or if your corneas are affected, we may send a sample of your eye secretions for lab work.

Treating conjunctivitis

We can provide treatment for the symptoms of conjunctivitis. If the cause is bacterial, we may prescribe antibiotics (depending on the severity of the infection).

Viral causes need to be left to run their course, though we can provide eye drops to alleviate the symptoms. The virus will run its course in one to two weeks.

If your conjunctivitis is caused by allergies, we can provide antihistamine eye drops, decongestants, anti-inflammatory eye drops, and in severe case, steroidal eye drops.

Next Steps

More Information About Conjunctivitis (Red Eye/Pink Eye)

Every year, more than three million Americans are diagnosed with conjunctivitis. Treatment is not always needed, as often the pink eye will run its course over the span of a couple of weeks. However, medical attention is recommended when experiencing symptoms related to conjunctivitis.

Tips to Help Prevent Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis that is the result of an allergic reaction, or as a side effect to medication that you are taking, is not contagious. However, both viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are quite contagious.

You can limit the spread of pathogenic conjunctivitis by:

  • Frequently washing your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoiding sharing things such as towels, blankets, hats, etc.
  • Washing your eye several times per day
  • Minimizing how often you touch your face and rub your eyes