Pink eye, also called conjunctivitis, occurs when something irritates and inflames the thin transparent membrane covering the outer eye and inner eyelid (called the conjunctiva). Our Sandy Spring optometrist team answers your questions about this disruptive condition!
Common causes of pink eye include bacterial infections, viral infections, allergies to triggers like pollen, dust, pet dander, mold, smoke, chemicals, medications, or cosmetics, and other underlying diseases. Pink eye can be extremely contagious if caused by a bacterial or viral infection. It's also possible to spread pink eye symptoms from one eye to the other by itching or touching your affected eye and then touching the other eye.
Pink eye symptoms can range from mildly annoying to severely disruptive. They include:
If pink eye is caused by an allergic reaction, a person might also experience other symptoms like a runny or stuffy nose, a sore throat, or a cough.
Pink eye treatment from our Sandy Springs optometrist team is always personalized to meet your needs. We use diagnostic services and medical history to determine the underlying cause, then prescribe individualized treatment to alleviate symptoms and prevent pink eye from recurring. Treatments include oral or eye drop medications and lifestyle strategies.
If you have pink eye symptoms, don't delay seeking help. Call 404-252-1702 to schedule an eye exam with our Sandy Springs doctor of optometry at the Eye 1st Vision Center.