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Pink Eye

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, usually does not lead to blindness, but it can be a painful condition nonetheless. Fortunately, pink eye can often be successfully treated. Our eye doctors at North Bay Optometric Vision Center in Rohnert Park would like to take a closer look at pink eye.

Symptoms of Pink Eye

When you have pink eye the whites of your eyes will turn pink or red from irritation. Your eyes will be itchy, sore, or feel as if grit is in the eyes. Your eyelids may become swollen. Your eyes will water often or produce mucus. It can be hard to open your eyes after sleeping because a thick crust has formed.

Causes of Pink Eye

There are many causes of pink eye, but viruses are the most common culprits. Other causes are allergens, bacteria, chemicals getting into the eye, or a tiny object getting into the eye. In babies, blocked tear ducts can often cause pink eye.

Does Pink Eye Go Away on Its Own?

Sometimes, pink eye clears up on its own. However, you should see an optometrist if the symptoms don’t go away in a week. You should also see an eye doctor if your eyes are extremely painful, your eyes turn very red, have blurry vision that won’t go away, if regular levels of light are painful, or you have more mucus or discharge from your eyes than usual.

Home Treatments for Pink Eye

Cold compresses help ease the pain. You can also use artificial tears to help keep your eye well lubricated. Don’t wear contacts or use eye makeup. Throw out any eye makeup, since it will be contaminated. Immediately wash your pillowcases, towels, and washcloths, since these items will also be contaminated.

Pink Eye is Contagious

Since pink eye is highly contagious, you want to take some precautions to not spread it to members of your household. Do not share towels, washcloths, makeup, or bedsheets, and be sure to wash your hands frequently.

Contact Our Optometrists in Rohnert Park, CA

If you have questions about your pink eye or your child’s pink eye and live in the Rohnert Park area, contact North Bay Optometric Vision Center. Call our team today at (707) 584-7294 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.