Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

By Prianka Persad
27th October 2018

<blockquote> <h1>Your eyes are red, swollen and have a sticky discharge? - You may have conjunctivitis!</h1> </blockquote> <h1><strong>What is conjunctivitis</strong></h1> <p>This occurs when the conjunctiva (the clear tissue that covers the white part of the eye) becomes irritated by an allergy or an infection. This causes the conjunctiva to become inflamed (red and swollen) and sometimes a discharge may be associated with this inflammation. Conjunctivitis is more commonly known as pink eye / red eye.</p> <h1><strong>Types of Conjunctivitis</strong></h1> <p>There are three (3) main types :</p> <ol> <li>Viral conjunctivitis: commonly caused by a viral infection, this type usually causes red, burning, watery eyes. This is very contagious.</li> <li>Bacterial conjunctivitis: caused by a bacterial infection, this results in red, painful eyes with sticky discharge. This type is also very contagious.</li> <li>Allergic conjunctivitis: results from allergies (example to animals, pollen etc). This causes red, burning, tearing and puffy eyes but is not contagious.</li> </ol> <p><img src="" alt=""></p> <h1><strong>Symptoms</strong></h1> <ul> <li>• Redness</li> <li>• Itching</li> <li>• Pain</li> <li>• Blurry vision</li> <li>• Sensitivity to light</li> <li>• Discharge from the eye</li> <li>• Puffy lids</li> </ul> <h1><strong>Treatment</strong></h1> <p>Treatment depends on the type of conjunctivitis you have. If you experience any of the above symptoms, please see your Ophthalmologist.</p>