What is Pink Eye?
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is extremely common yet is also treatable. It occurs when there is inflammation of the thin clear tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid suffers, also known as the conjunctiva. Eyes that are infected with pink eye become itchy, painful, and may even have a burning sensation. They can also tear or have a discharge which becomes crusty.
Conjunctivitis is commonly a bacterial or viral infection, but exposure to irritants and allergic reactions can also lead to it.
Most cases of pink eye are mild and can be treated without prescription medications. Cold packs can reduce inflammation and artificial tears can help dryness.
When to Seek Medical Attention
But you should seek medical attention if you have moderate or severe pain in your eyes, intense redness, or symptoms that persist or become worse. If you are suffering from vision problems, such as sensitivity to light or blurred vision, that does not improve when you wipe the discharge from the eyes you should also seek medical help.
Preventing pink eye, especially if you are around someone who has it, requires a few basic steps. Make sure to wash your hands with warm, soapy water is the most important step.
You should also avoid touching your eyes, and do not share any eye drop dispensers, towels, blankets, and other items. Any makeup or applicators used by someone with pink eye should be thrown out. If you do handle you should immediately wash your hands.