Understanding and Treating Pink Eye
Pink eye is an uncomfortable condition and can lead to many complications if left unaddressed. Serious cases will require a thorough diagnosis and proper treatment by a doctor of optometry. The treatment of pink eye is one of the many services we provide at Karns Vision Center in Knoxville.
Causes and Symptoms
Conjunctivitis, which is the medical term for the condition popularly known as pink eye, affects the conjunctiva. This clear membrane covers the sclera, or the "white" of the eye, and the eyelid, providing both lubrication and protection to these sensitive areas. The inflammation of the small blood vessels in the conjunctiva creates a pinkish color, accounting for the name of the condition. In addition to the discoloration, the condition can cause itching and a feeling of grit within the eye. The increased production of tears and a discharge from the eye may also be experienced by the sufferer.
Conjunctivitis can result from the introduction of an outside irritant or foreign object into the eye. Pink eye can also result from the use of contact lenses, or an allergic reaction to something, including pollen. However, the condition is usually related to a virus or bacterial infection. In such cases, the condition may accompany a respiratory infection. Pink eye resulting from the accumulation of bacteria can even occur in newborn babies. Our eye doctor can diagnose the underlying cause of pink eye and provide the appropriate treatment.
Treating and Preventing Pink Eye
Pink eye can affect the vision of both adults and children. Considering that conjunctivitis is highly contagious, those who have the condition for more than a day should seek help from a doctor of optometry. Pink eye can often be treated with a simple eye compress. In some cases, those who suffer from pink eye may be asked to discontinue the use of their contact lenses until the condition improves.
Conjunctivitis can often be treated with the use of eye drops or antihistamines. Some simple measures can help you from developing the condition in the first place. You should for one thing avoid touching your eyes with your hands, which come in contact with many objects, and should avoid sharing personal washcloths and cosmetics with others.
Eye Doctor in Knoxville
If you develop what you believe is a case of pink eye in Knoxville or the surrounding areas, consider seeking the help of our eye doctor at Karns Vision Center. For more information on pink eye or to schedule an appointment, call us at (865) 247-7715.