Everyone has heard of it, but few people know what it actually is or what actually causes it. In our article this week, we are going to answer all your questions about pink eye, and hopefully debunk some of the things you’ve heard about pink eye that just aren’t true.
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Pink eye can actually affect anyone of any age. Kids are frequently infected because pink eye is commonly caused by hand-eye contact, and kids are more likely to rub their eyes and not wash their hands properly. Infectious conjunctivitis, like bacterial conjunctivitis, is easily spread in any environment in which people are in close proximity, like school or daycare.
Visine® does not treat pink eye. Visine may make your eye less red, but it doesn’t have any healing properties to treat the pink eye, and can actually be harmful in the long term. Long term, Visine can cause a rebound effect causing the redness to worsen. As well, symptoms of pink eye or red eye can be indicative of a more serious condition, so it is advised to seek the counsel of an optometrist before reaching for Visine®.
Many people think Polysporin® eye drops from the drugstore will cure any type of pink eye. This is not true! There are many types of pink eye, otherwise known as conjunctivitis. These three are the primary types of conjunctivitis:
As well, each type requires a different treatment, which is why it is important to see your optometrist whenever you have red, irritated, or swollen eyes. Your eye doctor can identify which type of conjunctivitis you have, and advise on the best course of treatment.
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There are many types of eye irritation and inflammation that can cause “pinkness”. Pink eye is due to the inflammation of the thin clear covering over the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelids, known as the conjunctiva. Red eye can occur from a number of things, including:
Seeing a red & watery eye can be cause for concern, but the emergency room is not the only place you can receive urgent care. Your optometrist is more than equipped to handle these situations, and should be your first stop for these concerns. You’ll get specialized treatment for your eye conditions, you will not have to sit in the ER for hours (as well, you will reduce emergency wait times for those who need non-ocular emergency care), and all emergency visits at your optometrist office are covered by Alberta Health Care — so it’s FREE!
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