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What Is Conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is an extremely common eye infection. This condition refers to the inflammation of the conjunctiva (the mucous membrane that lines the eyelid and the sclera). There are various ways one can acquire pink eye ranging from viral infection, bacterial infection, pollen to even swimming pool exposure.

The common symptoms of conjunctivitis are as follows:

  • Redness in the white part of the eye (sclera)
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Eyelid inflammation
  • Discharge (yellow/green)
  • Tearing

It is also important to know there are different types of conjunctivitis:

  • Bacterial
  • Viral
  • Allergic

Bacterial Conjunctivitis

This conjunctivitis is caused by either the staphylococcus or streptococcus bacteria. It is usually characterized by a yellow/green discharge in and around the eyelid. It is important to note this type of conjunctivitis is extremely contagious; it is imperative to wash hands when coming in contact with an infected person(s). Furthermore, contact lens users are at a higher risk for this type of infection.

Viral Conjunctivitis

This conjunctivitis is caused by the virus known as adenovirus. This virus also causes sore throats, runny noses, the common cold and respiratory infections. It is highly contagious, and poor hygiene helps spread this infection. Viral conjunctivitis is typically characterized by watery, red eyes and a slight discharge.

Allergic Conjunctivitis

Allergic conjunctivitis is caused typically by pollen, but there are other chemicals that contribute to this type. Symptoms include eye redness, tearing, and itching.

If you think you may be suffering from conjunctivitis, come to Eye Consultants of Atlanta for quality treatment and care.

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