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TypeS & Symptoms

TYPES OF CONJUNCTIVITIS – There are three types of conjunctivitis:

Viral – Viral conjunctivitis is generally on the mild side, with symptoms usually clearing up in one to two weeks (without treatment).

Bacterial – Bacterial conjunctivitis benefits considerably from antibacterial eye drops, which will clear the infection in just a few days. Without treatment, bacterial conjunctivitis can last for up to 3 weeks.

Allergic – A visible reddening of the eye is a symptom of many allergies. Unfortunately, the only permanent treatment for allergic conjunctivitis is the removal of the allergen from your environment. However, medicated eye drops (antihistamines) can be effective in providing temporary relief

SYMPTOMS – Conjunctivitis has many symptoms similar to other eye diseases, making self-diagnosis difficult in some cases. Look for:

  • A visible reddening of the eye, eyelids, and surrounding area

  • Watery eyes

  • A sticky, yellow secretion from the eye

  • A “crust” on your eye when first waking up

  • Itchy eyes

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Impaired vision (hazy, blurry)


Diagnosis & treatments

DIAGNOSIS – The optometrist will perform a series of tests to determine the nature of your conjunctivitis. We may send samples to a lab for processing if we are unsure.

TREATMENT – Once we have a proper diagnosis we are able to move forward with treatment. Mild cases of conjunctivitis can be treated with topical medications to alleviate symptoms. Allergic conjunctivitis can be treated with antihistamines.

Many symptoms can be effectively treated with warm compresses. We recommend warm compresses with a clean, lint-free cloth for 10-20 minutes at a time. Do not drape the cloth over both eyes if only one eye is infected, otherwise you may inadvertently infect the healthy eye. Be sure to wash the cloths immediately after use to avoid spreading the pathogen.