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1206 Lakeshore Rd Sarnia ON N7S 2L2 (519) 542-3937
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Sarnia - Lakeshore / (519) 542-3937
Sarnia - Vidal Street / (519) 336-4113
Grand Bend / (519) 238-6086

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

Combatting Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye or red eye, is a common eye infection that affects adults and children alike. What we often don’t realize is there are different types of conjunctivitis, each with its own cause and symptoms.

Conjunctivitis is really just an inflammation of the conjunctiva; the mucous membrane covering the white surface of the eye. Some forms of conjunctivitis will clear up on their own, while others need medical care. It’s important to know how to spot the differences so you know when it’s time to get help.

If you have any questions about conjunctivitis or other eye health issues, contact us. We’ll happily take the time to give you some answers and look into the health of your eyes.

See a Doctor for an Official Diagnosis

You may think you have one strain of conjunctivitis, but it could be something else. Some forms of eye infection can lead to scarring and vision loss. Because each strain requires a different type of treatment, it’s crucial that you see a doctor to make sure. If you think you’re experiencing conjunctivitis, book an appointment with us today, or you can call us to ask about an emergency appointment.

Other Eye Infections

Infection and inflammation can affect both the white part of your eye, conjunctiva (conjunctivitis) and/or the clear centre part over your iris, also known as the cornea (keratitis). Both can have similar symptoms, however, corneal infections can be sight threatening.

If your eyes are sore, red, and are discharging sticky tears or mucus those are reasons for a visit. Call our office for an appointment. One of our doctors will assess, diagnose and manage your problem.

Types of Conjunctivitis

When you have an allergic reaction, your body goes into defense mode and over reacts to something relatively harmless (like pet dander) thinking it is something harmful. One of the ways it does this is by producing histamine, which then causes the various symptoms. This is what we call allergic conjunctivitis, and it can be triggered by lots of different things, including dust, pollen, and animal hair.

Symptoms

Allergic conjunctivitis generally affects both eyes, causing itching, watering, redness, and swelling. Lots of patients also experience white stringy discharge and find their eyes are particularly sensitive to light. The skin around the eyes may start to swell and become puffy. Allergic conjunctivitis sometimes shows up alongside other allergic reactions like hives or nasal congestion.

Treatment

Antihistamines or allergy medication are your best bet for treating any kind of allergic reaction once it starts. You could also try to avoid the reaction altogether by removing the allergen from your environment. Your eye doctor at In Focus Eyecare can prescribe medicated drops to help limit and reduce your symptoms.

Viruses are responsible for a lot of the illnesses we encounter regularly, including cold sores, influenza, and even the common cold. In addition, viruses can cause cases of viral conjunctivitis; a very contagious strain of infection.

Symptoms

Viral conjunctivitis usually starts in one eye, but due to its infectious nature can easily spread to the other. Along with the redness and itching of other strains of conjunctivitis, it can also cause blurry vision, sensitivity to light, excessive tears and discharge.

Treatment

Unfortunately, most types of viral conjunctivitis usually just have to run their course; you’ll just have to take it easy and let your body fight off the infection. However some viruses can attack your cornea and need urgent care. We recommend you come in for an official diagnosis, just to be safe. Then you should stay out of public spaces to avoid spreading the infection. It’s also a good idea to wash all your pillowcases and throw out any cosmetics you’ve used on the infected eye. This helps prevent infecting your good eye.

Your body is constantly exposed to bacteria. When your system is introduced to new or aggressive bacteria, infection can result. That’s what happens with bacterial conjunctivitis. The bacteria can come from anywhere; a pool, a door knob, your child’s school, or anytime you touch an object then touch your eye with that same hand. It can even occur through a sinus infection that’s gotten out of hand.

Symptoms

An eye infected with bacteria usually becomes more red than pink, swollen, and sore. Many patients experience itching or burning, along with tearing and a foreign body sensation. Bacterial conjunctivitis usually produces a thick and sticky yellow or green discharge. This discharge can be so heavy that the patient will wake up in the morning with their eye actually sealed shut.

Treatment

Bacterial conjunctivitis requires antibiotics to clear it up. You’ll have to visit your eye doctor and have them prescribe a medication. Once you’ve been diagnosed and given your medication, you’ll need to avoid heavily populated areas as much as possible to keep from spreading the infection. You’ll also need to wash all your bedding and throw out any cosmetics you’ve used on the infected eye.

Come See How We’re Making Eye Care Better

Visit one of our three In Focus Eyecare locations today.

Sarnia - Lakeshore Road

1206 Lakeshore Road
Sarnia, ON N7S 2L2

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Phone: (519) 542-EYES (3937)
Fax: (519) 542-2800

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Sarnia - Vidal Street

120 Vidal St. N
Sarnia, ON N7T 5X5

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Phone: (519) 336-4113
Fax: (519) 336-1639

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Grand Bend

43 Main Street East
Grand Bend, ON N0M 1T0

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Phone: (519) 238-6086
Fax: (519) 238-6068

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