The Infamous Pink Eye!
What is it?
Conjunctivitis or more commonly known as Pink Eye happens when the conjunctiva is irritated in one’s eyeball and is often caused by an infection or other allergies. When your eyes appear red and inflamed, they’re more than likely going to be accompanied by a yellowy, sticky discharge. You can have conjunctivitis in one or both of your eyes, and it’s very easily spread from person to person. Most cases are frequently seen in kids 12-15, around the Junior High mark.
It affects two main parts of the eye, the conjunctiva, and the cornea. The conjunctiva is the clear tissue that we cannot see, that covers the white part of your eye and the insides of your eyelids. The cornea is the dome-shaped opening or window in front of your eye, which is how the light gets filtered in and out.
How is it caused?
Unfortunately, your eyes can get “sick” or a cold, the same way our bodies do. The same viruses that cause runny noses and sore throats are the same ones that make our eyes feel just as dreary too. A bacterial conjunctivitis infection will cause an abundance of sticky pus to form, and some bacterial infections can also come from the same strand that causes strep throat.
Or sometimes, you’ll be one of the lucky ones that suffer from seasonal or even better, year-round allergies! In the summertime, chlorine from pools can trigger this allergy, particles from a lawnmower, grass, or pollen that settles into the ground, and many other toxic substances can cause your eyes to have an allergic reaction. Allergies can really put a damper on our days, or even weeks. If that’s why if you’re experiencing any of these common eye issues, Contact Us today.