Pink Eye Conjunctivitis: Do I Have It?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Do I Have Pink Eye Conjunctivitis?

Pretty much every day, patients call us at Doctor & Associates about their children or themselves and want to know if they have conjunctivitis or “pink eye”. Realistically, it is impossible to tell without coming in for an external eye exam, but there are typical signs and symptoms we do use to diagnose “pink eye” or conjunctivitis when you do come in.

Signs & Symptoms of “Pink Eye” or Conjunctivitis
Bacterial Conjunctivitis
First, if you have a bacterial infection causing pink eye conjunctivitis, you will usually have very red eyes. You may find crusting on your eyelids that can make them stick together as well as a heavy, pus-like discharge from your eyes that may be greenish at times. This infection may spread to both eyes.

Viral Conjunctivitis
If you have a viral conjunctivitis we often will find a very red, swollen eye, crusty eyelids and a more watery discharge. This discharge can also have strands of mucus or white, ropy strands. While many cases of viral pink eye infect only one eye, this infection can also spread to the other eye.

Allergic Conjunctivitis
If you have an allergic conjunctivitis and your allergies are causing your conjunctivitis, it will often look similar to viral conjunctivitis. Your eyes will be red and tearing. However, they will also be itchy. It is likely you may have a stuffy, runny or itchy nose as well.

Treatment of Conjunctivitis
In most instances, our treatment is typically supportive. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections but do work well in treating bacterial conjunctivitis. Regardless of the cause, it is important to minimize exposure of others by washing your hands frequently and throwing away used tissues. Do not share towels or pillow cases. Consider staying home from work or school until you are symptom-free for 24 hours. If you are a contact lens wearer, you should discontinue their use and stick with glasses until your infection clears. Then start with a fresh pair of lenses and a clean lens case.

If you or someone you know has questions or concerns about whether they have “pink eye” conjunctivitis, please call Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates or to schedule an appointment for an eye exam.

Doctor & Associates offices are located at 129 Kings Highway North, Westport, Connecticut 06880, 195 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut 06897 and 148 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.