Pink Eye Treatment
At DeCarlo Eye Center in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, we give you the best care for your eyes. If you think you might have pink eye, our ophthalmologist, John DeCarlo, and his staff can exam your eyes and get them feeling better in no time. But first, what is pink eye and how did your eyes get infected? Continue reading to learn more information on pink eye.
What is Pink Eye?
Pink eye or conjunctivitis is the swelling or infection of the clear membrane that lines the inside of your eye and eyelid to keep it moist. This membrane is called conjunctiva and contains the tiny blood vessels for your eye. When these vessels become inflamed or swollen, they are more visible, and your eye appears pink or red.
But do not worry. Pink eye is a common ailment. Anyone can get pink eye, but you see it more often in children and sometimes babies. It spreads easily so you need to take some precautions to stop the spread.
- If you wear contacts, remove them.
- Use a separate warm compress over each eye.
- Use fresh linens each day.
- Wash all pillowcases, towels, and washcloths thoroughly in hot water.
- Don’t share anything that comes in contact with your eyes.
What Cause Pink Eye
You can get pink eye from bacteria, viruses, or allergies. Babies can get pink eye from a blocked tear duct. Irritants such as dust and dirt, contact lenses, pool chemicals, even shampoo that gets into your eyes can cause an inflammation that will lead to a case of pink eye. Anything that gets in your eyes and causes it to become inflamed can lead to pink eye.
How Do I Know if I Have Pink Eye
Some common symptoms of pink eye are:
- Red, itchy eyes sometimes accompanied by allergies or a cold
- More tearing than usual
- A thick, crusty or mucus-like, discharge
- A feeling that something is in your eye
- Increased sensitivity to light
In most cases, pink eye clears up on its own within 7-14 days. However, if it is not clearing up, or you are experiencing pain or blurred vision or intense sensitivity to light, you should contact an ophthalmologist.
Call DeCarlo Eye Center Today!
If you think you may have pink eye, do not wait! Give us a call at (414) 476-5120 or visit our website to make an appointment with our staff of qualified professionals. Our office is located just west of Milwaukee in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and serves the Elm Grove and Brookfield communities. We hope to see you soon!