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Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be quite transmittable and quickly spread in school and at the office.

Conjunctivitis is seen when the conjunctiva, or thin transparent layer of tissue covering the white part of the eye, becomes inflamed. You can identify conjunctivitis if you notice eye redness, discharge, itching or swollen eyelids and a crusty discharge surrounding the eyes early in the day. Pink eye infections can be divided into three main types: viral, allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis.

The viral type is usually a result of a similar virus to that which produces the recognizable red, watery eyes, sore throat and runny nose of the common cold. The red, itchy, watery eyes caused by viral pink eye are likely to last from a week to two and then will clear up on their own. You may however, be able to reduce some of the discomfort by using soothing drops or compresses. Viral pink eye is transmittable until it is completely cleared up, so in the meantime maintain excellent hygiene, remove eye discharge and try to avoid using communal pillowcases or towels. If your son or daughter has viral conjunctivitis, he or she will have to be kept home from school for three days to a week until symptoms disappear.

A bacterial infection such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or cream. One should notice an improvement within just a few days of antibiotic drops, but be sure to adhere to the full prescription dosage to prevent pink eye from recurring.

Allergic pink eye is not contagious. It is usually a result of a known allergy such as hay fever or pet allergies that sets off an allergic reaction in their eyes. First of all, to treat allergic pink eye, you should eliminate the irritant. Use cool compresses and artificial tears to relieve discomfort in mild cases. When the infection is more severe, your eye doctor might prescribe a medication such as an anti-inflammatory or antihistamine. In cases of chronic allergic pink eye, topical steroid eye drops could be used.

Pink eye should always be diagnosed by a qualified eye doctor in order to identify the type and best course of treatment. Never treat yourself! Keep in mind the sooner you begin treatment, the lower chance you have of giving pink eye to loved ones or prolonging your discomfort.

 

Due to COVID-19 both our locations are closed to walk-in traffic. We will have limited staff onsite to answer phone calls and emails Monday-Thursday from 9am to 3pm. To ensure our patients needs are still being met we will be doing the following:

  1. If you are running low on CONTACT LENSES-
    • If your prescription is still valid call and we will direct mail your order to you at no additional charge.
    • If your prescription is expired, we can make arrangements to order you an emergency extension.
    • If you have insurance benefits and would like to use them, we can apply that to your order even if you haven’t had an exam this year. You will still be eligible have your exam billed through your insurance later in the year.
  2. If you break or lose your GLASSES- We can arrange for a solution
  3. If you are having any EMERGENT VISION SYMPTOMS, we will make a plan for you to be seen by us or someone else depending on the symptoms.

We understand that changes like these are necessary but inconvenient, and we are working on being prepared to reopen when this is all over. If you would like to schedule your next routine appointment, we are booking starting June 1st. We appreciate your patience as we navigate our way through these uncertain times.

-Eyecare Associates Staff

701.282.5880 | fargoeyecare@gmail.com

701.353.7136 | westfargoeyecare@gmail.com