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What is Conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis, also known as “pink eye” or “red eye,” is an inflammatory or infectious condition that affects the conjunctiva, i.e., the transparent membrane that lines the eyelids and covers the whites of the eyes. When the blood vessels in the conjunctiva are inflamed, the white parts of your eyes start looking red or pink. This condition may occur because of bacterial infections, viral infections, allergic reactions, or incompletely opened tear ducts (in babies). Conjunctivitis can be bothersome, but there are options for conjunctivitis treatment in Worcester that can help with the recovery.

woman during conjunctivitis treatment in Worcester

Symptoms of Conjunctivitis:

  • One or both of your eyes start looking red
  • One or both of your eyes feel itchy
  • One or both of your eyes feel gritty
  • One or both of your eyes start tearing up
  • One or both of your eyes produce a wet discharge at night
  • You have trouble opening your eyes in the morning because of crust formations

Causes of Conjunctivitis:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Viral infections
  • Allergic reactions
  • Irritation from a chemical splash in the eyes
  • Irritation from a foreign object entering the eyes
  • Blocked tear ducts (only in babies)
child during exam for conjunctivitis treatment in Worcester
man during conjunctivitis treatment in Worcester

The Diagnosis & Treatment of Conjunctivitis

If you notice redness in your eyes, please contact our eye doctors for a diagnosis and treatment. In most cases, eye doctors can diagnose conjunctivitis after asking some questions about your symptoms or a simple visual examination. But if you have extreme symptoms of conjunctivitis, the doctor may also take a culture to identify bacterial infections. The conjunctivitis treatment in Worcester usually consists of managing the symptoms, but some individuals may need antibiotic eyedrops or antiviral medications.

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Medical Surgical Eye Institute is a state-of-the-art eye care provider specializing in cutting-edge diagnostic solutions and treatments for all vision problems. We take a proactive (rather than reactive) approach to your ocular health by addressing all vision problems at the earliest stage possible. If you notice the signs and symptoms of conjunctivitis, please schedule an appointment to explore your conjunctivitis treatment options in Worcester, MA.

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