How Much Do You Know About Pink Eye?

How Much Do You Know About Pink Eye?

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is a common eye infection. It is contagious, so it can easily spread from person to person, especially among kids. It’s characterized by a pinkish color in the whites of the eyes and the eyelids. Some individuals will also experience a discharge, itching, or burning.

What Causes Pink Eye?

There are several things that can cause pink eye. The most common are viral causes. Viral pink eye is caused by an adenovirus. This virus is highly contagious and is often found in public places like schools, daycare centers, and colleges.

What are the Symptoms of Pink Eye?

Pink eye is an infection of the inner lining of the eyelid. It’s usually caused by a virus, though the pink eye can also be caused by bacteria. The infected eye will look very red and feel sore. You may also notice other symptoms, such as pain or itching.

How is Pink Eye Diagnosed and Treated?

When you visit us for pink eye, we will ask you questions about your symptoms. This will help determine whether you likely have pink eye and what type it is. 

Treatment for pink eye involves over-the-counter eye drops and prescription eye drops. Over-the-counter eye drops for pink eye include artificial tears, which are lubricating eye drops that help to flush out irritants and relieve itching. These eye drops can be used to treat minor forms of pink eye, as well as symptoms associated with allergies.

Prescription eye drops for pink eye include antibiotic eye drops. These antibiotic eye drops help to treat pink eye caused by bacterial infections. Patients may have to use these eye drops for up to 7 days.

Who is at Risk for Developing Pink Eye?

Pink eye, medically known as conjunctivitis, is an infection of one or both eyes. It can be caused by a virus, bacteria, or fungi. It can also be caused due to allergies, which can irritate the eyes, causing them to water and become red and inflamed.

Pink eye is highly contagious, which means it can spread easily. It can be spread by coughing, sneezing, sharing towels or washcloths, or touching an infected eye. It can also be spread by touching an object that an infected person has touched, then touching your own eye.

At Summerlin Vision, we firmly believe that everyone should have regular comprehensive eye exams. We are located at 900 S Pavilion Center Dr #140, Las Vegas, NV 89144. You can also reach us at (702) 243-8788 and schedule an appointment.


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