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Posted on 09-05-2017

Does Conjunctivitis Need Treatment from an Optometrist?

Over time, conjunctivitis (pink eye) has become associated with kids, but anyone can get it. Some types of the common eye condition go away on their own or may come and go annoyingly. However, the bacterial form is a threat to your eye health and vision, so you must see our optometrist for conjunctivitis treatment in Fairfax. We can diagnose the type of conjunctivitis you have (and/or your child has) and provide either symptom relief treatment or medication for the more serious type.

Child with pink eye needs treatment from an eye docotr.

What is Conjunctivitis?

This condition, in general, is distinguished by swelling of the conjunctiva (transparent tissue covering the inside of the lid and white of the eye).

Major types of pink eye:

  • Viral - This (very contagious) type can be brought on by a cold or another virus. It can clear up on its own in less than a week.
  • Bacterial - Somewhat contagious with direct contact, this version requires treatment since it can seriously damage the eye if it forms a corneal ulcer. This can lead to permanent loss of vision. Bacterial conjunctivitis may be impossible for a layman to identify, so if you have conjunctivitis symptoms, it's important to see our eye doctor for conjunctivitis treatment in Fairfax.
  • Allergic - Like other allergy symptoms, this version of conjunctivitis (which is not contagious) can occur seasonally or may cause symptoms throughout the year. It's usually in response to a pet allergy or pollen.

Conjunctivitis Symptoms

All forms of conjunctivitis include the "pink eye" appearance, but other symptoms depend on the type you have:

  • Viral conjunctivitis - causes eye watering and itching, in one eye or both, along with light sensitivity.
  • Bacterial conjunctivitis - is typical causes thick eye discharge that is yellowish and sticky.
  • Allergic conjunctivitis - causes eye watering, itching, light sensitivity and burning sensations. You may also have a stuffy or running nose. 

Conjunctivitis Treatment in Fairfax, VA

Allergic or viral forms of pink eye are treated symptomatically to increase comfort. Placing a cold, damp washcloth over the eyes can help with viral conjunctivitis. Short or long term allergy medication or antihistamines may help the allergic version. The bacterial form of pink eye, however, requires prescription antibiotic ointment or medicated eye drops to avoid potential vision loss. 

Get Prompt Conjunctivitis Treatment in Fairfax Today!

When you need conjunctivitis diagnosis and treatment in Fairfax VA, contact Dr. Howard Budner & Associates. Contact us in Rockville, MD at 301-871-0180 or Fairfax, VA at 703-691-8008.

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