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Posted on 05-03-2018

Pink Eye Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments from Your Williamsburg Optometrist

Man with pink eye

When the whites of your eyes turn that telltale shade of pink, you may need assistance from a Williamsburg optometrist. Pink eye is actually referred to as conjunctivitis in the medical world due to how the conjunctiva of the eye swells up. Your eye doctor can diagnose the condition as pink eye or find the underlying cause of your symptoms. You may also receive help with symptom control as your eye heals. 

Symptoms

An even or blotchy redness across the white of your eye is the most common symptom of pink eye. Excessive itching, burning and tearing of the eyes is also commonly felt due to the inflammation caused by conjunctivitis. You may experience light sensitivity and blurriness of your vision, so you might not be safe to drive yourself around town until the symptoms decrease.

Causes

Eye doctors often narrow down the causes of pink eye to eye allergies and contact with viruses or bacteria. Your Williamsburg optometrist may need to collect a sample of the fluid from your eye to test in the lab and find the exact cause. The suggested pink eye treatment will often greatly depend on the lab results.

Treatments

If the cause of conjunctivitis is identified as a bacterial infection, your eye doctor may choose to treat with antibiotic medications or ointments. Treatment for eye allergies is common as well to help minimize the occurrence rate of this condition. If a viral infection is detected, however, the illness may need to run its course naturally while your Williamsburg optometrist works on minimizing your symptoms.

Schedule a Visit with Your Williamsburg Optometrist Today

If you suspect you have pink eye or are suffering from any other eye problems, schedule an appointment with your Williamsburg optometrist by calling 757-229-1131. Your eye care team at the Eye Center of Virginia will perform an examination to diagnose any conditions and offer treatment options.

Schedule your visit today to receive the pink eye treatment or other care you need.

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