Pink Eye

Revision Optix

Optometrists and Vision Therapy Centers located in Simpsonville, SC & Greenville, SC

The caring optometrists of ReVision Optix know that pink eye can be irritating, itchy, and contagious. At two convenient offices in Greenville and Simpsonville, South Carolina, Tiffany Brawner, OD, and Sean M. Stevens, OD, provide high-caliber optometric care for men, women, and children and effective treatments of pink eye. If you have concerns about your eye health or you’re dealing with pink eye, call ReVision Optix or click to schedule an appointment online today.

Pink Eye Q & A

What is pink eye?

Pink eye (conjunctivitis) refers to an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva — the transparent membrane that lines your eyelid and covers the white part of your eyeball. Small blood vessels in this membrane can become inflamed, appearing more visible and causing the whites of your eyes to look pink or reddish.

Pink eye is typically the result of an allergic reaction or a viral or bacterial infection. An incompletely opened tear duct can sometimes cause pink eye in infants.

What are the symptoms of pink eye?

The hallmark symptom of pink eye is the red or pink color of the eyes. Other symptoms of pink eye are itching, excess tearing, swelling, and discharge in one or both eyes that forms a crust and stops you from opening your eyes properly in the morning.

If you also experience symptoms like eye pain, light sensitivity, and blurred vision, it’s best to visit ReVision Optix as soon as you can, since there are other more serious eye conditions that can cause redness of the eyes.

As soon as you notice any pink eye symptoms, you should stop wearing contact lenses.

What causes pink eye?

Pink eye can be caused by several factors, such as:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Allergies
  • Chemical splash or irritation in your eye
  • A foreign object in your eye
  • A blocked tear duct (newborns)

Contagious types of pink eye can spread through direct or indirect contact with the liquid that drains from an infected eye.

To try to prevent pink eye, it’s helpful to practice good hygiene and maintain good eye health.

How is pink eye treated?

Pink eye doesn’t generally affect your vision, but it’s irritating. ReVision Optix provides a range of treatments and can recommend methods to ease your discomfort, such as:

  • Using artificial tears and eye drops
  • Using a wet cloth to clean your eyelids
  • Applying warm or cold compresses
  • Using anti-viral medications
  • Using prescription allergy eye drops
  • Using antihistamines
  • Using mast cell stabilizers
  • Using decongestants, anti-inflammatory medications, and steroids

Your provider might recommend antibiotic eye drops in some instances. Until all the symptoms of your pink eye have gone, you should stop wearing your contact lenses and any eye makeup.

If you have pink eye, visit ReVision Optix for effective and prompt treatment. Call or schedule online today.