Pink Eye FAQs
posted: Jan. 29, 2020.
Pink Eye FAQs
Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, is a common and treatable eye condition. Pink eye is an inflammation or an infection of the clear membrane that covers the eyes. If you suspect a case of pink eye you should have it looked at by our doctor of optometry at Vision Professionals of Leawood to properly diagnose pink eye and prescribe treatment.
What Causes Pink Eye?
Pink eye can be caused by bacteria or by a virus or even by an allergy. Some cases of pink eye in newborns are caused by a blocked tear duct.
Why Does Pink Eye Look Pink?
When the eye becomes irritated, tiny blood vessels swell and become more visible across the whites of the eye. That causes the eye to look red or pink.
What Does Pink Eye Feel Like?
There may be some discomfort in the eye that is affected by pink eye. It might feel gritty or like there is something stuck to the underside of the eyelid. The eye might also be itchy, Pink eye can cause blurred vision and extra tearing.
Is Pink Eye Contagious?
Pink eye is contagious and can spread very easily when someone comes into contact with tears from the affected eye. Patients with pink eye should keep their hands away from their face and eyes and practice good hand washing hygiene.
Is Pink Eye Treatable?
A doctor of optometry can prescribe eye drops to clear up pink eye.
Can You Still Wear Contact Lenses When You Have Pink Eye?
Contact lens patients are advised to remove their contacts at the first sign of any irritation or inflammation.
Optometry Care in Leawood
If you suspect you or a loved one are dealing with a case of pink eye, call Vision Professionals of Leawood at (913) 239-9446 right away. Our eye doctor can make a proper diagnosis, rule out any other eye health issues and prescribe a course of treatment.