“Pink eye” is a very generic term that is often used to describe an eye infection. There are actually many types of “pink” eye infections according to our optometrists! Each must be properly diagnosed and treated in order to restore eye comfort and to prevent possible vision loss.
Many people who develop an eye infection feel that they must see their primary care physician or an Urgent Care Center. In most cases, these clinics do not have the expertise or the equipment to properly diagnose the cause and prescribe the most effective treatment.
Eye infections can be caused by a variety of organisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. They can even be caused by the body itself. Some eye infections are contagious and some are not. It is always best to be checked at an eye care clinic if you are experiencing unusual redness, discharge, sensitivity to light, decreased vision, or pain. If you have any of these symptoms, assume it is contagious and do not shake hands, share towels, or be too close to others. It is important to be seen promptly by an optometrist.
The longer the eye is infected, the longer it may take to control your symptoms and get you back to work or school. When you call our eye care clinic to schedule your appointment, let us know what your symptoms are so that we can get you in to be seen as quickly as possible!