Eye infections are a common occurrence. Generally, if your eyes are inflamed due to conjunctivitis, they can heal themselves in about two weeks, however, if there are some instances when treatment is necessary. To best protect your vision from serious harm, it’s important to seek diagnosis from a medical professional.
As an experienced eye doctor, Dr. Ryczek can assess your symptoms to help determine the cause of your inflammation and offer you treatment or provide you with further recommendations if needed.
What is Conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis is an eye condition that refers to inflammation of the thin, clear layer that lines the inner eyelid and covers the white part of the eye. Commonly referred to as ‘pink eye’ conjunctivitis can actually occur for several reasons with varying symptoms.
The most common signs of conjunctivitis include:
- A gritty or scratchy sensation
- Watery eyes
- Inflamed inner eyelids
- Blurred vision
- Pus-like or watery discharge
Depending on the cause of your eye inflammation, you may experience more mild or severe symptoms. Additionally, you may only experience some symptoms and not all symptoms.
Diagnosing & Treating Conjunctivitis
Diagnosing conjunctivitis might seem straightforward from the perspective that if you have inflammation, something is obviously wrong, however there are actually several different possible causes.
Common Causes of Conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis most commonly occurs for one of several reasons:
- Allergic reactions – In this case, inflammation and other symptoms generally occur due to a release of histamines that cause irritation to the eyes.
- Chemical reactions – Exposure or contact with harmful acidic or alkali substances can result in a rapid onset of inflammation.
- Bacterial infection – When bacteria is the cause of conjunctivitis, the onset is generally rapid and may elicit more uncomfortable symptoms that can spread from one eye to the other.
- Viral infection – Like bacterial infections, viral infections can spread easily from one eye to the other.
Depending on the cause of you’re the conjunctivitis, your symptoms may vary. Subsequently, your treatment options may also vary, so it’s important to seek a professional diagnosis if you wish to get the best treatment results for your condition.
For most patients, all forms of conjunctivitis can be cleared up on their own terms or with basic at-home care, such as taking anti-histamines for allergies or rinsing irritants from your eyes during chemical exposure, but sometimes, infections can be more stubborn.
Additionally, when our eyes cause us discomfort, even the simplest tasks can become challenging or impossible. In this case, waiting for an infection to clear up might not be ideal. In the case that your infection is not clearing up on its own or if your symptoms are more severe, Dr. Ryczek can provide you with treatment options.
In many cases, conjunctivitis can be effectively treated with the right form of prescription eye drops. In more complex cases, Dr. Ryczek can help you pursue additional treatment methods.
If you are suffering from a stubborn or severe onset of conjunctivitis, contact our experienced eye doctor today to see how we can help you find relief. You can reach our St. Petersburg office at 727-327-8855. In the case of emergency, life-threatening conditions or serious medical necessity, always call 911.