Pink Eye: Causes and Treatments
Do I need to visit an optometrist for an eye infection?
Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis or eye infections, is one of the most common types of eye emergencies treated by our Ventura Optometrist. Pink eye is named because of the noticeable red color in the white of the eye. The Sclera of the eye becomes red due to inflammation caused by a bacterial infection, viral infection, or eye allergies.
While most eye infections will clear up on their own with time, it is highly recommended that you schedule an emergency eye exam with our Ventura, CA eye doctor in order to speed up recovery, reduce the chances of spreading the infection, and ruling out other potential causes that may be more serious.
What are the symptoms of an eye infection?
- Noticeable redness to the white of the eye that does not go away
- Puss or discharge in the corner of the eye, usually white or green with a sticky consistency, in many cases this discharge will appear dry or crusty
- Excessive itchiness or watery eyes
- Noticeable sensitivity to light
- A burning sensation in the eye
- Crusty or gritty feeling as if you have sand in your eye
- Swollen or puffy eyelids