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Conjunctivitis is one of the few eye diseases treated by our Cupertino and Milpitas eye doctors that produce immediately noticeable symptoms. Immediate symptoms can include discoloration of the sclera (the white part of your eye), intense itching and profuse, watery discharge. The pinkishness developing in the sclera is due to tissue inflammation caused by a highly infectious virus or bacteria affecting the eye. Although it is not serious, conjunctivitis can be painful, impair vision temporarily and make your eyes extremely sensitive to light.
There are three common types of conjunctivitis. If you suspect you may have pink eye, please call our Cupertino optometric center as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for a medical vision exam.
Associated with the common cold or upper respiratory tract infection, viral pink eye presents symptoms of excessive itching and watering of the eyes that typically begins in one eye but quickly spreads to the other eye. While adenoviruses are responsible for most commonly diagnosed type of viral conjunctivitis, another type of pink eye called herpetic keratoconjunctivitis is caused by the herpes simplex virus. Herpetic keratoconjunctivitis requires treatment with the antiviral medication Acyclovir prescribed by your Cupertino eye doctor.
Symptoms of bacterial pink eye include eyelid swelling, conjunctival pinkishness/redness and a sticky, yellowish discharge that causes your eyelids to itch and stick together. The scratchy, gritty feeling accompanying bacterial conjunctivitis often makes people think they simply have something in their eye, which causes them to delay seeing their eye doctor for an exam.
Left untreated, bacterial pink eye can continue affecting eyes for up to two weeks. During this time, it is highly contagious, especially when the person with pink eye is around numerous people throughout the day. Your Milpitas eye doctor strongly recommends coming to our Golden Vision center for an accurate diagnosis and topical antibiotic therapy for reducing symptoms and contagiousness of the disease.
Eyes affected by allergic pink eye suffer conjunctival inflammation, redness, increased tear production, burning and itching due to airborne allergies (pollen, mold, smoke, pet dander, etc). Standard treatment for allergic conjunctivitis involves oral antihistamines, anti-inflammatory eye drops or eye drops containing steroids or ingredients for shrinking congested blood vessels in the eye. Unlike bacterial and viral conjunctivitis, allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious.
Noninfectious causes of pink eye commonly develop from untreated dry eye syndrome or conjunctival inflammation due to improperly wearing contact lenses. In people who do not present classic symptoms of viral, allergic or bacterial conjunctivitis, your Cupertino eye doctor may perform further tests to determine if contact lenses, excessively dry eyes or other underlying cause is promoting inflammation in the conjunctival tissues.
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