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Conjunctivitis / Pink Eye / Red Eye

Conjunctivitis, commonly referred to as “pink eye” or “red eye”, is caused by the inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin and clear membrane that lies over the white part of the eye and the inner eyelid. As the common name implies, this inflammation leads to redness in these areas. Conjunctivitis is caused by the spread of certain types of bacteria and viruses, and can be contagious. It can also be caused by allergies. There are over-the-counter remedies to treat conjunctivitis, but for frequent or persistent (chronic) conjunctivitis, you should always consult with your Bower Eye Care optometrist.

Types Of Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis can be acute (resolves reasonably easily within a few days) or chronic (prolonged and recurring). There are several types of conjunctivitis including:

  • Bacterial Conjunctivitis: This is caused by bacteria that infects the eye. Bacteria can be spread through contact with an infected individual or contaminated surfaces.
  • Viral Conjunctivitis: This type is highly contagious and this can be contracted from airborne viruses. Viral conjunctivitis is often accompanied by other viral infections such as the flu or common cold. 
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis: This is commonly caused by eye allergies that are triggered by allergens such as pollen, dander, and dust mites.

Symptoms of Conjunctivitis

The most common symptoms of conjunctivitis are:

  • Redness of the whites of the eye or the inner eyelid
  • Watery, teary eyes
  • Thick yellow, green, or white discharge that crusts over the eyelashes during sleep
  • Itchy, burning eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Pain or a gritty sensation in the eye
  • Swollen eyelids

Treatment Options For Conjunctivitis

The type of conjunctivitis as well as the symptoms will inform the best course of treatment. Viral conjunctivitis usually just needs to run its course before clearing. Treatment is usually focused on symptom relief. Some treatment options are:

  • Antibiotic eye drops or ointments 
  • Artificial tears
  • Cold or warm compresses
  • Avoiding triggers, antihistamines, or anti-inflammatory medications in the case of allergic conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up is considered emergency or urgent eye care and is covered by your Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP).

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Conjunctivitis FAQs

Conjunctivitis diagnosis, treatment and follow-up is considered emergency or urgent eye care and is covered by your Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP).

We recommend that you come visit us as soon as you feel any irritation of your eye, it's always a better idea than trying home remedies or a self-prescribed treatment.

If you believe that you have conjunctivitis or for any other urgent eye health concerns, you can book a eye health exam to at Bower Eye Care by calling 1-403-719-9990 in Calgary, 1-403-309-2255 in Red Deer, or through our online form. We also accept walk-in visits.

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