What Is Pink Eye?

pink eye conjunctivitis

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a prevalent eye condition affecting people of all ages. It manifests as redness and inflammation of the conjunctiva, causing discomfort and sometimes affecting vision. Understanding its causes, symptoms, and treatment options is crucial for prompt management and preventing its spread.

Causes: Conjunctivitis can be caused by various factors, including viral or bacterial infections, allergies, irritants like smoke or chlorine in swimming pools, or even fungi. It is highly contagious and can spread through direct or indirect contact with infected individuals or contaminated surfaces.

Symptoms: The hallmark signs of pink eye include redness in the white part of the eye, itchiness, a gritty feeling, excessive tearing, discharge (which may be watery or thick and yellowish), and sensitivity to light. These symptoms may affect one or both eyes.

Treatment and Prevention: Treatment options depend on the underlying cause of pink eye. Viral conjunctivitis often resolves on its own within a week or two, while bacterial conjunctivitis may require antibiotics. Allergic conjunctivitis can be managed by avoiding allergens and using antihistamines. To prevent spreading pink eye, frequent handwashing, avoiding touching the eyes, and refraining from sharing personal items like towels or makeup are crucial.

At Our Urgent Care

While pink eye can be uncomfortable, prompt identification and appropriate care can ease symptoms and prevent further complications. Seeking guidance from a healthcare professional is recommended for prompt diagnosis and personalized treatment.

At our Urgent Care Center, we understand the discomfort that pink eye can bring. Our dedicated team is here to provide prompt and comprehensive care for individuals aged 4 months and older, seven days a week. Whether it’s viral, bacterial, or allergic conjunctivitis, our experienced healthcare professionals offer personalized treatment options to alleviate symptoms and promote recovery.

We offer easy, walk-in availability at our center anytime between our convenient operating hours, or reserve your spot online! No appointment is necessary. Let our team of experienced medical professionals help you find relief from many of the most common ailments, injuries, and illnesses. We are dedicated to efficient and compassionate care for all your urgent healthcare needs.

*Sources: CDC.gov