When you think of pink eye, it doesn’t really sound like the best thing in the world to be associated with. However, it isn’t as bad as many believe it to be. There are times where it can be serious, but overall, many cases are handled without even receiving professional treatment or prescriptions by a Buda Eye Doctor.
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City of Buda, Texas 78610
First off, what exactly is it? Also, what sort of pink eye treatments exist that you might need?
Pink eye is basically how it sounds, plus some. The clear and thin covering that goes over the white of your eyes and the inside of your eyelids becomes irritated and inflammation occurs. Even though it is transparent, there are blood vessels that overlay the white of the eye. When this become irritated and inflammation sets in, your eyes appear bloodshot and red.
So how do you know if you need a pink eye treatment?
In several instances, your health care provider will ask several probing questions to determine if you are in need of pink eye treatment or not. In some rare instances, they might take a liquid sample of the leakage from your eye and do a lab analysis on it. This is especially important in cases where you might have more severe issues going on, namely STIs or something foreign in your eye. Once your provider has determined how severe the infection is, they will make their prognosis on if you need to come into the office for further evaluation. Once there, you’ll need to listen closely to make sure your pink eye doesn’t get worse.
If you wear contact lenses, you will be asked to leave them out until your symptoms clear up. If they’re disposable, you’ll simply throw them away, but hard lenses will need some sort of disinfection before reusing. This way, you won’t be placing this highly-contagious disease right back onto your eyes. It’s also very wise to get right of eye makeup that was used during the window of illness. The same concept as the contact lenses applies, you’d just be brushing the pink eye right back onto your face and eyelids.
So here are a few tips on how to keep from catching pink eye:
- Sharing personal items is discouraged. Just like sharing combs can spread lice, using other people’s items around your eyes can spread problems.
- Make sure you are covering your mouth and nose when sneezing, or coughing, and do not scratch your eyes if possible
- Don’t share contact lenses, period
- Make sure you’re consistently washing your hands. This is especially the case when you’re in medical facilities or around groups in schools and other large places in public
- Keep hand sanitizer handy
- Make sure you are cleaning the surfaces around your home adequately
- Use goggles while swimming to keep bacteria out of your eyes
- Remove contact lenses before going into bodies of water so that bacteria doesn’t stick and get held by the lenses
As always, if you think you have a major issue, do not hesitate to get in touch with your health care provider. They would be able to give you the advice you need in order to move forward with pink eye treatment (or advice to wait).