Pink Eye

You've probably heard of pink eye. It's a highly common eye infection that can happen to virtually anyone. The term pink eye is commonly used, but the medical term for it is conjunctivitis. This type of eye infection is caused by inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin tissue inside the eyelids, and on the white part of your eye. This inflammation can be caused by various issues, and the results can be highly painful and disruptive. This condition very rarely gets serious, but you may need treatment for the burning and itching of pink eye. When you need to see an ophthalmologist for your pink eye, call Benefield Eye Care in Gulfport, MS. 


Pink Eye Symptoms

The specific symptoms that you display depend a lot on the source of the infection. A bacterial eye infection has different symptoms from a viral infection. Symptoms you may notice include burning, itching, and tearing of the eyes. You could have a thick, sticky discharge that comes from your eyes, and your eyes will likely turn park or red. A light discharge of mucus is also likely. Some patients have a sore area under their jaw or in front of one or both ears. Some pink eye types are part of a respiratory condition or cold that gives you other symptoms as well. You may also have blurry vision. 

What Causes Pink Eye?

Viruses and bacteria getting into the eye are often the causes of pink eye. There are other ways that you can get it. Some cases of pink eye can be caused by getting shampoo in your eyes, dirt getting into them, and being exposed to a lot of chlorine. Some people have a negative reaction to some eye drops that they use, and allergic reactions to pollen, dust, or smoke may also be a cause. If you wear contact lenses, microbes getting onto the lenses can cause eye infections. 

Visit the Ophthalmologist

If you think you have pink eye, be careful. It can be highly contagious to others. To get treatment for your case of pink eye, call Benefield Eye Care Ophthalmology Center in Gulfport, MS, at (228) 328-0972 and make your appointment. For some types of pink eye infections, there are treatments that can end the infection quickly. In the meantime, don't touch or rub your eyes and wash your hands often to keep from spreading the infection. 


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