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Conjunctivitis

Red, watery eyes, inflamed lids, blurred vision and a sandy or scratchy feeling in the eyes may indicate that you have conjunctivitis. Pus-like or watery discharge around the eyelids may indicate an infectious form of the disease, commonly known as “pink eye.”


Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, a thin, transparent layer covering the surface of the inner eyelid and the front of the eye. It affects people of all ages.


What causes conjunctivitis?
The three main types of conjunctivitis are infectious, allergic and chemical. The infectious form, commonly known as “pink eye,” is caused by a contagious virus or bacteria. Your body’s allergies to pollen, cosmetics, animals or fabrics often bring on allergic conjunctivitis. Irritants like air pollution, noxious fumes and chlorine in swimming pools may produce the chemical form.


It is important to prevent spreading conjunctivitis.
If contagious, measures can be taken to prevent spreading conjunctivitis to others.



  • Keep your hands away from your eyes;
  • Thoroughly wash hands before and after applying eye medications;
  • Do not share towels, washcloths, cosmetics or eyedrops with others;
  • Seek treatment promptly.

Small children, who may forget these precautions, should be kept away from school, camp and the swimming pool until the condition is cured.


Certain forms of conjunctivitis can develop into a serious condition that may harm your vision. Therefore, it is important to have conjunctivitis diagnosed and treated quickly.


How is infectious conjunctivitis treated?
Infectious conjunctivitis, caused by bacteria, is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops and/or ointment. Other infectious forms, caused by viruses, can’t be treated with antibiotics and must be fought off by your body’s immune system. On occasions antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent secondary bacterial infections from developing.


How are the allergic and chemical forms of conjunctivitis treated?
The ideal treatment for both forms is to remove the cause of the allergy or irritation. For instance, avoid contact with any animal if it causes an allergic reaction. Wear swimming goggles if chlorinated water irritates your eyes. In cases where these measures won’t work, prescription and over-the-counter eye drops are available to help relieve the discomfort.

We are excited to tell our valued patients that we will be opening the clinic to routine eye care beginning May 4.

Please be mindful that there will be limited access so we ask that you schedule an appointment before coming in. We apologize in advance for potentially running behind schedule as we implement best practices for your and our safety. If we are running late, we ask that you wait in your car until the previous patient leaves.

Also, we will only allow so many patients in the office so we request that only the patient with the appointment come to the office, obviously, except for a parent accompanying his or her child or a caregiver.

We request that you apply hand sanitizer upon arrival at the office and to please wear a mask when they come.

All exam rooms and instruments will be cleaned and disinfected between patients.

We very much look forward to seeing you!

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We are excited to tell our valued patients that we will be opening the clinic to routine eye care beginning May 4.

Please be mindful that there will be limited access so we ask that you schedule an appointment before coming in. We apologize in advance for potentially running behind schedule as we implement best practices for your and our safety. If we are running late, we ask that you wait in your car until the previous patient leaves.

Also, we will only allow so many patients in the office so we request that only the patient with the appointment come to the office, obviously, except for a parent accompanying his or her child or a caregiver.

We request that you apply hand sanitizer upon arrival at the office and to please wear a mask when they come.

All exam rooms and instruments will be cleaned and disinfected between patients.

We very much look forward to seeing you!