What Is Pink Eye?

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Are your eyes feeling itchy, watery and red? These are the main signs you may be suffering from conjunctivitis, or pink eye, which is the inflammation of the conjunctiva. Thankfully, pink eye is preventable and treatable.

For that, it helps to know what the different types are and what causes them.

Viral Vs Bacterial

When someone mentions pink eye, they either mean viral and bacterial, both of which are contagious.

The first thing you need to know is if you have bacterial pink eye, it comes with thick, yellow or greenish secretions. If it starts in one eye, then it will spread to the other within a few days. Eventually, it can spread to other people through direct contact.

In order to treat this, you’ll need prescribed antibiotics. T

Viral tends to involve a lot of watery discharge and last for one to two weeks. Antibiotics won’t help here. You’ll need to use a warm compress to relieve some of the swelling and irritation. Unfortunately, this form of pink eye is even more contagious. It can spread through coughing and sneezing.

Allergies & Chemicals

Another you may have itching your eyes is allergies. This is easily treatable with allergy medication.

Other Types

Believe it or not, there are other ways to get it. You can irritate your eyes by exposure to harsh chemicals, pollution, and even chlorine in swimming pools.

What You Can Do to Avoid It

Prevent pink eye by staying clean. Follow these tips and you can help protect your eyes:

  • First and foremost, wash your hands frequently.
  • Secondly, cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.
  • Thirdly, remove your contacts before swimming.
  • Fourth, avoid touching or rubbing your eyes.
  • Fifth. don’t share your contacts, makeup, hand towels, or washcloths.
  • Finally, follow the optometrist’s instructions on taking care of your contact lenses.

Have You Noticed Any Symptoms?

If your eyes have been red, itchy, and runny with discharge, contact an appointment with your local optometrist.