(A.K.A. Pink Eye)
Patients presenting with inflammation of the conjunctiva (inside the lids, or a red eye) tend to experience itching, tearing, and a gritty irritation in their eyes. Sometimes the eye will have discharge some may wake up with their eyes crusted shut. Conjunctivitis needs to be evaluated by your Middlesex Eye Physicians ophthalmologist or optometrist since there are many causes of red eye, and treatment will depend on the type of conjuctivitis.
Types of Conjunctivitis
- Allergic Conjunctivitis:sensitivity to environmental substances; typically characterized by itching, tearing, redness, sensitivity to light, and possible discharge.
- Bacterial Conjunctivitis: typically caused by bacterial infection; characterized with discharge, foreign body sensation, and redness –could be contagious.
- Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis: typically caused by an allergic reaction to contact lenses.
- Viral Conjunctivitis: usually contagious; viral infection.
There are other causes of conjunctivitis. Please visit your ophthalmologist or optometrist for detailed information and treatment on your eye condition.