Conjunctivitis/Corneal Ulcer

  • Conjunctivitis also called pink eye, is a condition in which the white part of your eye (sclera) becomes red.
  • It can only be accurately diagnosed by an eye doctor.
  • While conjunctivitis does not threaten your sight, there are conditions that mimic its appearance which can cause permanent loss of vision. Therefore, it is important that, if you are having any of the symptoms below, you do not self diagnose. Call our office for an appointment. We set aside times for emergency visits for this.

Photo of a patient who thought he had pink eye but really had a Herpes Simplex infection (the same virus that causes cold sores) which needed to be treated with anti-viral drugs. Notice the green and yellow spots.

Photo taken from Skowron Eye Care (SEC)



3 TYPES/CAUSES

  • Bacterial
    • Usually lasts 7-10 days
    • Contagious
  • Viral
    • Can last for months
    • Contagious
  • Allergic
    • Seasonal (Hay fever)
    • Dust, mold, dander
    • Contact lenses / solutions






 SIGNS SYMPTOMS

Dr. Carr explaining the treatment of conjunctivitis
  • Redness
  • Itchy eyes
  • Discharge
  • Burning eyes
  • Watering eyes
  • Pain
  • Light sensitivity
  • Eyes stuck together
  • Swollen eyelids

TREATMENT

  • Antibiotic drops
  • Steroid drops
  • Anti-allergy drops
  • Cold compress
  • Warm compress
  • Artificial tears
  • Lid scrubs

MISC

  • Depending on the cause, treatment will vary often using a combination of the therapies listed above.
  • Do not use "Visine" or any other product to "get the red out," unless instructed by and eye care professional. These products many times mask a more severe underlying condition.
  • If you have pain or light sensitivity by itself or with other symptoms, stop all contact lens wear; and call the office immediately. You may have a CORNEAL ULCER, which can cause permanent scarring and reduction of vision.

    Photo below, left: Patient who kept using Visine, thinking his eye was red from lack of sleep. He actually had a corneal ulcer caused by wearing dirty contact lenses. The green spot in the middle is the site of the infection.
    Astigmatism  

    Photo above, right is the end result of a severe corneal ulcer. Notice the large, white scar in the middle of the cornea. Ulcers can be sight threatening and need to be treated immediately and aggressively. This patient was actually hospitalized for 4 days to save the eye.

    Photo taken from Skowron Eye Care (SEC)

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