Pink Eye Treatment from Your Optometrists in Las Vegas, NV
Pink eye is the everyday term for the disorder that eye doctors refer to as conjunctivitis. Many people recall outbreaks of it among children even though adults sometimes develop it. The doctors of optometry at our Advanced Eyecare practice in Las Vegas provide professional treatment and self-care advice for patients.
What is Conjunctivitis?
Pink eye can become extremely contagious, particularly in areas where children assemble. Both bacteria and viruses are possible causes. Others include allergies and exposure to certain chemicals.
Conjunctivitis develops after inflammation or swelling of the thin tissue layer that covers the white portion of the eye as an internal lining. Patients who visit our optometry practice with this disorder typically contract it from:
- Bacterial infections
- Objects that touch the eyes
- Contaminated skin lotion or makeup
- Certain sexually transmitted diseases
- Viruses such as the common cold
- An allergic reaction to pollen, cosmetic ingredients, or other irritants
Symptoms of Pink Eye
The symptoms of pink eye track to the type of the disorder present. Among patients who visit our optometry center, the most common is the pinkish tone of the affected eye. It can appears before any signs of discomfort.
Our optometrists cite these as other common signs:
- Gritty sensation within an eye
- Light sensitivity
- Excessive tearing
- Itching or burning eyes
- Discharging eye
- Eyelid swelling
Options for Treatment
The dual objective of pink eye treatment is making sure that patients obtain relief and stopping a contagious outbreak from spreading. This requires both professional care from our doctors of optometry and patient self-care.
Vision exams to detect an early infection are an essential part of avoiding a more serious problem. While the most appropriate treatment varies according to the type of conjunctivitis, it is essential that all sufferers avoid touching their eyes.
The typical treatment for bacterial infections is antibiotic drops or ointment. When the cause is viral, artificial tears and cool compresses are helpful until the infection subsides several weeks later. Chemical causes require eye flushing, with a prescribed topical steroid necessary in some cases. For allergic reactions, artificial tears, antihistamines, and cool compresses all bring relief, and steroid drops are sometimes beneficial.
Schedule an Exam with Advanced Eyecare Today
The goal of our Advanced Eyecare optometry practice is meeting all your eye health needs. We are a full-service center equipped with the latest technology for comprehensive vision exams, assessment of eye problems, treatment of chronic eye diseases, and corrective eyewear. Do not take your sight for granted. To achieve the best vision possible, call us today at 702-737-3937 to schedule an exam with one of our Las Vegas optometrists.