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Conjunctivitis in Philadelphia, PA

Ophthalmic Partners offers treatment for conjunctivitis for patients in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; and the surrounding communities.

What is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the thin, clear membrane that covers the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid. It is more commonly known as pink eye.

What causes conjunctivitis?

The conjunctiva of the eye is exposed to environmental irritants and bacteria, and although tears contain antibodies and proteins to combat these, sometimes infections occur. Some types of pinkeye are highly contagious and can spread from person to person. Causes can include the following:

  • Bacteria
  • Allergies
  • Viruses
  • Chemicals such as chlorine, smoke
  • Chlamydia or gonorrhea
  • Fungi
  • Irritations from wearing contact lenses
  • Certain diseases

What are the risk factors for conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis can easily be spread through contact. Make it a practice not to share towels or cosmetics. Keep pillowcases clean, wash your hands before touching your eyes, and clean contact lenses properly.

How can conjunctivitis be prevented?

Protect your eyes from dirt and irritants, and practice good eye hygiene. Never share makeup or contact lenses, wash pillowcases and bed linens often and avoid sharing towels. If a family member has pink eye, be particularly careful not to spread the infection.

How is conjunctivitis diagnosed?

Understanding the symptoms of conjunctivitis is the first step to effective diagnosis and treatment. Symptoms can include blurred vision, pain or grittiness, itching, redness, burning, light sensitivity, and crusts on the eyes, especially overnight. A yellow discharge, especially after sleep, may crust over the eyelashes and seal the eyelid closed.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

How is conjunctivitis treated?

Treatment will depend on the cause. The eye doctors at Ophthalmic Partners treat conjunctivitis by examining the eyes and taking a swab. If bacteria are causing the condition, antibiotic eye drops or oral antibiotics may be prescribed. Viral conjunctivitis usually clears up on its own, but a proper cleanliness routine must be followed since it is contagious. Warm compresses can help ease any discomfort. Pink eye caused by irritants or allergens is treated by removing the irritating substance or allergen.

Additional Eye Disorders

Early detection of eye disease is the best defense against vision loss, particularly for individuals over the age of 40. Should you experience any vision problems that could be an indicator of an eye disorder, contact one of our offices in Philadelphia, PA, Bala Cynwyd, PA, or Marlton, NJ, as soon as possible to book an assessment.

The eye doctors and surgeons at Ophthalmic Partners have the necessary expertise and experience to diagnose, manage, and treat complex eye disorders and disease. Visit us today to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear.