Conjunctivitis – AKA Pink Eye, Red Eye – is Common, Especially in School-Age Children
It’s every parent’s nightmare: they drop their child off at school and notice that little Suzy has got a red eye. It isn’t long before the entire class has Suzy’s affliction, including your child (who seems to have it the worst… of course!). Of course, your child coming home with pink eye only means it’s a matter of time before you catch it… and you will.
Bacterial & Viral Conjunctivitis Are Contagious
The pathogens that cause bacterial/viral conjunctivitis are quite contagious and are usually spread via touch (highlighting the importance of excellent hygiene when sick). Due to this, if you or a family member has conjunctivitis we recommend staying home from work/school until your case is diagnosed.
Treatment for pinkeye depends on its cause. If you are unsure of what has caused your conjunctivitis, please request an appointment to have one of our Optometrists diagnose your case.
Bacterial conjunctivitis can be treated with topical or oral antibiotics, though in most cases it is left to run its course (this minimizes bacterial antibiotic resistance as, in most cases antibiotics are not needed). Viral conjunctivitis must be left to run its course- antibiotics are ineffective on viruses.
Other cases of conjunctivitis start with a diagnosis. Once we know what is causing it, we can then provide next steps for treatment and symptom management.