Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is a common and treatable eye condition. If your eyes are red, swollen, itching, and burning, it’s time for professional help. At St. Croix Falls Eye Associates, in St. Croix Falls, Webster, and Frederic, Wisconsin, licensed optometrists Lawrence Tran, OD, and Sandra Dolphin, OD, offer conjunctivitis exams for treatment and diagnosis. To find relief from your pink eye, call the office or request an appointment online.
Common causes of conjunctivitis, or pink eye, include:
Determining the cause of your conjunctivitis often proves difficult because the signs and symptoms are similar, regardless of the underlying cause.
The medical staff at St. Croix Falls Eye Associates will diagnose you with pink eye by asking questions about your symptoms and recent health history to determine what is affecting you. You also undergo a physical examination of your eyes.
Once diagnosed with conjunctivitis, the St. Croix Falls Eye Associates team recommends the proper course of treatment based on your symptoms. Because the only form of pink eye treatable with antibiotics is bacterial, it’s best to start with:
Soak a clean cloth in cool or warm water. Before gently applying it to your closed eyelids, be sure to wring it out. It’s important that you separate these compresses for each eye to prevent cross-contamination.
Artificial tears — either with or without antihistamines — or other medications help relieve pink eye symptoms.
If you're a contact lens wearer, stop wearing them until your eyes feel better, and be sure to clean them thoroughly before you use them again. If you use disposable contacts, throw them out along with the case and get a new pair.
Because viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are both highly contagious and spread quickly, it’s important to take steps to limit exposure. The St. Croix Falls Eye Associates team recommends:
Once you’ve recovered from pink eye, be sure to throw away the makeup and applicators you used while infected to avoid reinfection.
If irritation has you rubbing and scratching your eyes, call today or book an appointment online.