Skip to main content
Call Us
Request Exam
Insurance
Menu
Mother-and-child-near-tree
Home » What's New » Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be quite transmittable and quickly spread in school and at the office.

Conjunctivitis is seen when the conjunctiva, or thin transparent layer of tissue covering the white part of the eye, becomes inflamed. You can identify conjunctivitis if you notice eye redness, discharge, itching or swollen eyelids and a crusty discharge surrounding the eyes early in the day. Pink eye infections can be divided into three main types: viral, allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis.

The viral type is usually a result of a similar virus to that which produces the recognizable red, watery eyes, sore throat and runny nose of the common cold. The red, itchy, watery eyes caused by viral pink eye are likely to last from a week to two and then will clear up on their own. You may however, be able to reduce some of the discomfort by using soothing drops or compresses. Viral pink eye is transmittable until it is completely cleared up, so in the meantime maintain excellent hygiene, remove eye discharge and try to avoid using communal pillowcases or towels. If your son or daughter has viral conjunctivitis, he or she will have to be kept home from school for three days to a week until symptoms disappear.

A bacterial infection such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or cream. One should notice an improvement within just a few days of antibiotic drops, but be sure to adhere to the full prescription dosage to prevent pink eye from recurring.

Allergic pink eye is not contagious. It is usually a result of a known allergy such as hay fever or pet allergies that sets off an allergic reaction in their eyes. First of all, to treat allergic pink eye, you should eliminate the irritant. Use cool compresses and artificial tears to relieve discomfort in mild cases. When the infection is more severe, your eye doctor might prescribe a medication such as an anti-inflammatory or antihistamine. In cases of chronic allergic pink eye, topical steroid eye drops could be used.

Pink eye should always be diagnosed by a qualified eye doctor in order to identify the type and best course of treatment. Never treat yourself! Keep in mind the sooner you begin treatment, the lower chance you have of giving pink eye to loved ones or prolonging your discomfort.

 

Effective Monday, June 1, 2020 at 9:00 am Primary EyeCare Associates will launch our second phase of re-opening our offices.  Our office hours will return to our previous hours excluding Saturdays. Saturdays will be on a rotating schedule between the Sidney, Fort Loramie, and Troy offices.

Also, for all optical repairs, pickups and adjustments they will continue to be by appointment only until further notice. Please call our office to set up those times if you are in need of any optical assistance.

We will continue to wear appropriate PPE and ask you to consider as well when visiting our offices.  Please limit companions, we have a limited number of people allowed in our buildings until the order is modified. Social distancing must be enforced while visiting our offices as well. In addition, please visit our website at www.primaryeyecare.org and download patient forms to be completed before your appointment. If you are unable to download forms, please call our office and we will mail them to you.  

To our vision therapy patients, please continue to be patient with us as we are still developing the proper and safe therapy guidelines. We will be contacting our therapy patients in the coming weeks.

The Doctors and staff at Primary EyeCare Associates

Primary EyeCare Associates Temporary Office Hours Effective June 1, 2020

Sidney

Monday & Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Tuesday & Thursday: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Saturday: Rotating every other (Fort Loramie and Troy offices will be open when Sidney office is closed)

Fort Loramie

Monday & Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Tuesday & Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Saturday: Rotating every other (Sidney office will be open when Fort Loramie and Troy offices are closed)

Troy

Monday & Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Tuesday & Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Saturday: Rotating every other (Sidney office will be open when Fort Loramie and Troy offices are closed)

 

The Doctors and staff at Primary EyeCare Associates