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Typically called pink eye, this condition’s formal name is conjunctivitis. While pink eye is more common in youths, we also see a number of adults who contract these conditions, particularly those who work in busy environments with large numbers of children present. Here at Dr. Cooper Pediatric Ophthalmology Family Eye Care in Burlingame CA, we specialize in pediatric eye care. However, we also have the expertise to accurately diagnose and treat pink eye regardless of your age.
Pink eye occurs across the thin clear coating atop the whites of the eyes and behind one’s eyelids. It will present itself by dilating the conjunctival blood vessels in the eyes, leaving the victim with bloodshot looking red eyes. Depending on the type of pink eye you have, other symptoms can occur. There are three types of conjunctivitis, so read on to learn more about them, their symptoms and how we can help you with various treatments.
There are three types of conjunctivitis that have different causes, symptoms and treatment methods.
Allergic Conjunctivitis— Caused by common allergens such as pollen, dust, dander and mold, this type of pink eye is not contagious. Eyes can become itchy and watery and you may feel a burning sensation. Over-the-counter medications and eye drops can be helpful in subsiding symptoms, as this condition typically resolves itself in a few days after contact.
Viral Conjunctivitis—viral illnesses such as the common cold cause this type of pink eye. It is highly contagious and is easily spread through coughing and sneezing. Light sensitivity may accompany watery, itchy eyes with a bright pink hue. There is no antibiotic for a viral pink eye, but it tends to subside in a few days.
Bacterial Conjunctivitis—this is the most undesirable form of conjunctivitis and it is also very contagious. You’ll know if you have this type of pink eye due to the presence of puss and/or greenish-yellow discharge seeping from your eye and forming crusty places in your eye. We can aggressively treat this condition with prescription drops and ointment to get your relief.
Avoiding contact with anyone with a suspiciously red eye is one of the easiest ways to avoid conjunctivitis. However, this may not always be possible, as contagious forms can be transmitted before any symptoms present themselves. Be proactive daily by never sharing cosmetic products, hygiene towels, especially don’t share contact lenses with anyone—ever! Refrain from rubbing or touching your eyes with your fingers, and use hand sanitizer when you’re in public places. Be polite and sanitary by covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze or a cough and help stop the spread of the red-eyed monster.
Dr. Kim Cooper and her dedicated peers have a tremendous range of experience when it comes to treating and diagnosing all kinds of eye conditions. Contact us today at 650-259-0300 to schedule an appointment at Dr. Cooper Pediatric Ophthalmology & Family Eye Care for pink eye treatment in Burlingame and all of your eye care needs.