Do I Have Pink Eye? All About Conjunctivitis.

July 16, 2021

There are many conditions that can cause the eyes to become red, or pink, in colour; it could be something as simple as seasonal allergies to a much more serious eye condition. Regardless of the cause, Conjunctivitis, commonly known as ‘Pink Eye’ is a term used to define the inflamed and red tissue in the eye.

Often Pink Eye will accompany additional symptoms such as itching, burning, tearing up, and discharge, but it can also exist in absence of these other symptoms. It's important to recognize signs of Conjunctivitis and book in for a thorough eye exam right away to determine the root cause of your eye redness.

What Causes Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

There are numerous causes of Pink Eye such as bacteria, a virus, or external physical sources. Some possible causes of Conjunctivitis are:

It’s important to book in with an Optometrist right away who can use specific examinations and tests to determine the source of your Pink Eye and get you started with the right type of treatment.

Types of Testing for Pink Eye

If you suspect you have Pink Eye, your eye doctor will use a series of tests and exams to determine whether or not you have Conjunctivitis and, more importantly, what type of Conjunctivitis it is. Some of these tests are:

Pink Eye Diagnosis and Treatment in Calgary

We understand that sometimes you wake up and your eyes are red and irritated. Conjunctivitis just happens, and when it does, you need to know that you have a team behind you to help figure out the cause and provide a proper solution to nip it in the bud.

The experienced team of eye doctors and support staff at My Optometrist Calgary are just a phone call away for you to get the treatment you need. Don’t wait, contact us today by filling out our online contact form or calling to book in at one of our three convenient locations.

FAQs

Can an optometrist help with Pink Eye?
Yes. Your Calgary Eye Doctor can help you test for, diagnose and treat Conjunctivitis. It is important to book in as soon as you experience any pain in your eyes, are noticing a sensitivity to light, are experiencing blurred vision, and/or notice any redness in one or both eyes.

Do I need antibiotics for Pink Eye?
Depending on the cause of your Pink Eye, you may or may not need antibiotics. Conjunctivitis can be caused by bacteria, a virus, allergies, or a foreign object in the eye. If your eye doctor determines that the source of the Pink Eye is bacterial through an eye examination, then they do have the ability to prescribe an antibiotic if needed. A viral Pink Eye will just need to run its course, and antihistamines can help with an allergic reaction that causes Conjunctivitis. If your Pink Eye is caused by exposure to an outside object, there are ways the doctor can help you flush and rinse the eye to facilitate its removal and healing.

Is Pink Eye contagious?
Viral and bacterial versions of Pink Eye are contagious and can be spread to others. Through testing, your Calgary eye doctor will help determine whether or not you have a contagious version of Conjunctivitis.

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