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Posted on 02-28-2017
For more than 30 years, the optometry team at Eyes First Vision Center has been providing high quality and comprehensive eye care services for several New Jersey communities, including Marietta, Roswell, Atlanta, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, One of the conditions we frequently diagnose and treat in patients of all ages is pink eye. Read on to learn more about this eye health condition and how our eye doctors can help.
The technical term for pink eye is conjunctivitis, and refers to an acute inflammation of the outer membrane of the eyes and inner layer of the eyelids. The condition is typically caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. Anyone can get pink eye, however it most common affects children.
This eye condition is highly contagious, but fortunately the spread of it can be well controlled with proper hand hygiene and other behavioral modifications (such as avoiding touching your eyes, washing your hands frequently and especially before/after touching your face or eyes, throwing away any contact lenses worn while infected with pink eye, and changing your pillowcase every night while still affected).
As the name implies, one of the key symptoms includes pink or reddish eyes, which occurs as a result of the inflammation and underlying infection. Additional symptoms--which can range in severity and duration--include itchiness and general eye discomfort, watery discharge, blurry vision, and swollen or puffy eyelids.
Your eye doctor can diagnose pink eye by evaluating your eyes on an comprehensive exam and reviewing your history and symptoms. The sooner a correct diagnosis is provided, the sooner appropiate treatment can begin which can help reduce your uncomfortable symptoms and prevent the disease from spreading to other people around you.
At Eyes First, our eye doctor team takes the time necessary to develop a customized treatment plan that will best fit your needs. Typical pink eye treatment may include antibiotics (if caused by bacteria), antihistamine eye drops, and lifestyle guidance. We also may recommend that you refrain from using contact lenses (and use eyeglasses instead) until your infection clears.
Pink eyes are irritated eyes! Fortunately, if you or a loved one have been suffering with signs and symptoms of pink eye, then our optometry team can help. If you live near Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Atlanta, Marietta, Roswell, or other nearby New Jersey communities, then call Eyes First Vision Center to schedule a comprehensive eye exam today at (404) 800-3705. Be sure to ask about our current special offers, updated monthly!
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