Pink Eye Treatment at Urias Eyecare
For most people, pink eye (conjunctivitis) is often mild and clears up within seven to 14 days with at-home care and treatment. However, some experience more severe pink eye symptoms and need to see their eye doctor for treatment. Our eye doctor at Urias Eyecare understands how uncomfortable pink eye can be and are ready to treat your symptoms. Urias Eyecare serves patients in Midland, Odessa, and Andrews needing assistance with their eye care and pink eye treatment.
What Causes Pink Eye
There are several causes of pink eye, including infections, injury, and allergens. Infection-related conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Haemophilus influenza. Additionally, viral infections are commonly caused by adenoviruses. Some people experience pink eye-related allergies associated with pollen, pet dander, and household dust. Irritants, including pollutants, smoke, and swimming pool chemicals, can also cause pink eye. In some cases, when an eye is scratched, injured, or contact lenses are on the eyes for too long, pink eye can develop.
Types of Pink Eye
There are different types of pink eye, and the treatment used for each one varies slightly. Here are the common kinds of pink eye and how we treat them at our office:
- Viral Conjunctivitis: Most cases of viral conjunctivitis clear up in seven to 14 days without treatment. This type of pink eye is mild and typically does not have any long-term consequences. However, if needed, our eye doctor can prescribe antiviral medication to help treat this type of pink eye.
- Bacterial Conjunctivitis: Mild bacterial conjunctivitis generally clears up in two to five days without antibiotics. If needed, our eye doctor can prescribe antibiotics to help treat more severe cases of bacterial conjunctivitis.
- Allergic Conjunctivitis: This type of pink eye occurs when an allergen, such as pollen or animal dander, can be treated with prescription eye drops or other combinations of medication provided by our eye doctor.
Pink Eye Treatment
You do not always have to see an eye doctor for pink eye treatment. In most cases, symptoms go away on their own and can easily be treated at home. To treat pink eye at home, use eye drops to help with dryness and place a cool compress over the eye to help with swelling and redness. Remember, pink eye can be very contagious, so do everything possible to not share towels, pillows, etc., with others and wash your hands often.
When to See an Eye Doctor
You should see our eye doctor when experiencing severe symptoms associated with your pink eye. Painful symptoms associated with pink eye may include pain in the eye, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, and intense redness. It is also highly recommended to see our eye doctor if your symptoms do not improve or worsen.
Visit Our Eye Doctor for Pink Eye Treatment in Midland
If you have trouble with your pink eye symptoms or need other eye care assistance, call Urias Eyecare today at (432) 368-4102 to schedule an appointment. We are dedicated to providing quality eye care to patients in Midland, Odessa, Andrews, and surrounding areas. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.