First Med Urgent Care Informing About Pinkeye
Did you wake up this morning with the feeling that something might be wrong with your eye? Perhaps you think you might have an eye infection of some sort, but you aren’t really certain it’s conjunctivitis (also known as pinkeye)? Then, you have landed in the right spot, today! Our urgent care article will focus on the discussion and symptoms of pinkeye.
The cause of your pinkeye may vary and therefore the symptoms may vary, as well. You may have all or some of the associated symptoms. Here’s a list of common pinkeye symptoms that were compiled by our urgent care staff:
- Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Increased tear production
- Thick, yellowish discharge that causes crust to form on eyelashes (usually noticeable when waking up)
- Green or white discharge from the eye
- Itchy eyes
- Burning eyes
- Blurred vision
There can be different causes for your pinkeye which include:
- Irritation from soap, dirt, smoke, and chlorine in swimming pools
- Allergies (dust, pollen, or from wearing contact lenses)
The treatment options for pinkeye will also vary based on the cause. Bacterial infections can easily be treated with a prescription from our urgent care doctors for antibiotic eye drops, ointments or pills. Viral pinkeye can often be due to the common cold which will clear up, in most cases, on its own. It does help if you wash your hands often and avoid contact with others as it is contagious. Pinkeye caused by irritations and allergens usually require you to flush the eye for several minutes or to remove the allergen in question.
If you think you might have pinkeye and you need assistance with determining the best treatment option for you, please feel free to visit any of our 6 First Med Urgent Care locations.