Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, a thin membrane that covers the white part of the eye and the inner eyelid.
There are many different types of conjunctivitis.
The most common ones being: 1. allergic 2. chemical and 3. infectious.
An allergic conjunctivitis could result from your sensitivity to environmental allergens (i.e. pollen), animal dander or eye make-up. A chemical conjunctivitis could be due to irritation from chlorine in swimming pools, cigarette smoke, or contact lens solutions. The infectious type, commonly known as "pink eye" is caused by a contagious virus or bacteria.
Conjunctivitis may present with a red eye, swollen eyes, blurred vision, a scratchy/gritty feeling and, a pus-like or watery discharge coming out of the eyes. If you are concerned that you may have a conjunctivitis please call our office immediately for a prompt diagnosis and treatment. As some forms of conjunctivitis are contagious, keep your hands away from your eyes, thoroughly wash your hands, do not share any eye drops and discard eye make-up to avoid recontamination.