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Posted on 04-16-2018

What Are Different Types of Pink Eye?

Pink eye is something no one wants, but most people get at least once in their life. Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is inflammation of the clear membrane that covers the sclera, or white part of the eye. This is accompanied by annoying and even painful symptoms that can make daily life difficult. Here's what you should know about the different types of conjunctivitis. 

Boy with pink eye needs to see an eye doctor in Prosper, TX.

Bacterial Conjunctivitis 

True to its namesake, bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria entering the eye. This is one of the more common types of conjunctivitis and is usually spread through contact with another person who also has pink eye. Bacterial conjunctivitis usually causes redness, burning, and a thick discharge. It is treated with the use of antibiotic eye drops and can heal in 1-2 weeks depending on the severity of the infection. 

Viral Conjunctivitis 

Also highly contagious, viral conjunctivitis often goes along with upper respiratory viruses and can be spread through moisture droplets in the air, such as those from sneezing and coughing. Viral conjunctivitis cannot be treated with eye drops, although an eye doctor may prescribe drops that will help keep a patient more comfortable while the virus runs its course. 

Allergic & Non-Infectious Conjunctivitis 

Eye allergies are common and can cause an inflammation of the conjunctiva that is similar to bacterial or viral conjunctivitis but with no primary cause. Smoke, pollen, and other allergens can cause this type of conjunctivitis and it's non-infections, meaning it cannot be spread to others. Over the counter or prescription, eye drops can be helpful in reducing allergy eye symptoms. 

Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis 

Giant papillary conjunctivitis, or GPC, most often affects contact lens wearers but can occasionally affect individuals who do not wear contacts. This condition involves itching, watering, and irritating bumps underneath the eyelids and is treated with eye drops and rest from contact lenses. 

Feeling the Burn? Contact Our Trusted Optometrists in Plano and Proser, Texas Today!

If you are experiencing symptoms like itching, burning, eye-watering, or discharge, it's important to see a qualified optometrist as soon as possible, especially since many types of conjunctivitis are so contagious. Optometrists have special equipment that allows for the identification of the specific type of conjunctivitis and what treatment is needed, to help you get back to feeling and seeing great again. 

Contact the Eye Gallery today to book an appointment at our Plano or Prosper location by calling (972) 519-0006 or (214) 305-4020.

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