What is Pink Eye?
The conjunctiva is the thin, clear and outermost covering of the white part of the eye. Conjunctivitis is the medical term used to describe irritation, redness, and discharge of the conjunctiva of the eye. There are different causes of conjunctivitis including viral, bacterial, or allergic. The term “pink eye” is often used by non-eye doctors to refer to viral conjunctivitis. Viral conjunctivitis is often highly contagious and common symptoms are irritation, redness, and clear or thin watery discharge. Bacterial conjunctivitis can sometimes be contagious and common symptoms are irritation, redness, and thick green or yellow discharge. Allergic conjunctivitis is very common here in South Louisiana and common symptoms include itching, redness, and watering of eyes.
The treatment for conjunctivitis (pink eye) is dependent on which type you have. Please call to schedule an appointment so we can properly diagnose and treat your eyes.