Conjunctivitis is commonly referred to as pink eye. Pink eye is an inflammation of the conjunctiva which is the clear tissue that covers the front of the eye and lines the inner area of the eyelids. The condition makes your eyes look pink. Pink eye can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or an allergic reaction. If you or a family member is dealing with pink eye and live in Renton, Kirkland, or the surrounding areas, contact Dr. Golitz at Eye and Contact Lens Center for quality eye care for the whole family.
Redness is one of the more obvious signs of pink eye. The white portion of the eye may appear to be pink or reddish and it can extend to the inside of the eyelids. Pink eye is not the only thing that can cause the eye to appear this way, but it is one of the most common. Pink eye often starts in one eye and then spreads to the other eye. It is a very contagious condition in both the viral and the bacteria forms.
Pink eye causes swelling of the conjunctiva due to irritation. This swelling can be very uncomfortable.
Itching is another symptom of pink eye. In some ways, it is the worse symptom because when you rub your eye you are more likely to spread the condition to your other eye. It is also very contagious to other people which is why it often spreads in places like daycares and classrooms. Try to avoid rubbing your eyes and wash your hands often.
If you notice that your eyes have pus or are crusty when you wake up in the morning, these could be signs that you have pink eye. Call our eye doctor right away for help in preventing the condition from becoming worse.
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