Conjunctivitis can be either an irritation or an infection of the membrane that covers the white of the eye and the inside lining of the eyelid. It is commonly known as "pink eye" due to the appearance of enlarged blood vessels and redness. Allergens and other irritants like air pollution, eye makeup, and contact lenses cause allergic conjunctivitis.

Types of Conjunctivitis

Infectious conjunctivitis has two categories, viral and bacterial. Viral conjunctivitis usually accompanies a cold, fever, sore throat, or flu and is characterized by eye redness and a watery discharge. Bacterial conjunctivitis often presents with eye redness, a mucous-like discharge, and is treated with antibiotic eyedrops. Professional evaluation is important to diagnose the correct type in order to direct treatment. In some cases, conjunctivitis can progress to more serious eye condition that may result in vision loss.

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Whether you need to be fitted with eyeglasses or contact lenses, or you need a comprehensive eye exam, our practice utilizes the latest technology and treatments available. Our staff will take the time to answer all of your questions and explain treatment options through your entire eye care experience. If you are looking for quality eye care with a personal touch, then give us a call and schedule your comprehensive eye exam today!