Conjunctivitis Treatment with our Fair Lawn Optometrist
Conjunctivitis may have been given the amusing nickname "pinkeye," but this form of eye inflammation is no laughing matter. When the white of your eye becomes infected or irritated, you can experience considerable discomfort as well as vision problems in the affected eye. The good news is that you can get the relief you so desperately seek at Resident Eye Care Associates, your source for conjunctivitis treatment in Fair Lawn NJ.
Understanding Your Conjunctivitis
If you're alarmed at the fact that the white of your eye has turned bright pink, you may be wondering how and why you've contracted conjunctivitis. This condition is an inflammation of the sclera, a normally-transparent membrane that covers the white of the eye (and the inside of the eyelid). Scleral inflammation can stem from a variety of possible causes. Common causes of conjunctivitis include viral infections (including transmission of the herpes virus), bacterial infections (especially in school-age children), and allergic reactions to seasonal or airborne irritants. Sharing eye cosmetics or wearing improperly-cleaned contact lenses can also lead to conjunctivitis.
Conjunctivitis can be extraordinarily uncomfortable, inconvenient, and embarrassing. In addition to eye pain and itching, you may also have to contend with tearing or fluid discharge, swollen eyelids, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision. Different types of conjunctivitis can produce slightly different symptoms. viral conjunctivitis, for instance, tends to cause a watery discharge, while the bacterial variety is more likely to produce a thick mucus discharge.
Soothing, Healing Remedies at Resident Eye Care Associates
While conjunctivitis can usually resolve on its own after a couple of weeks, severe or chronic conjunctivitis can put your corneas at risk of infection. It's best to bring your "pinkeye" to the experienced team at Resident Eye Care Associates. We can study your symptoms and medical history to pinpoint the exact cause of your conjunctivitis. Once we know what's causing your conditions, we are then able to prescribe the right combination of soothing remedies, including:
- Antibiotic or anti-viral medications to treat an underlying infection
- Warm compresses to relieve pain and swelling
- Antihistamines or other allergy treatments
- Switching to a different kind of contact lens cleaning solution
- Switching from extended-wear contacts to single-use disposable contacts
- Recommendations for improving your eye-makeup hygiene practices
Schedule Conjunctivitis Treatment in Fair Lawn
Even if you're in the midst of a painful pinkeye problem, you can at least give yourself the satisfaction of knowing that your eye is getting the best of care. Call Resident Eye Associates at (201) 797-2747 to schedule conjunctivitis treatment in Fair Lawn, NJ.
We're ready to help you overcome your conjunctivitis!