Pink eye is experienced when there is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is a membrane that is responsible for lining the eye. When inflammation occurs, the blood vessels of the eye become inflated – this provides a red or pink appearance for the eyes.
If your eyes are experiencing redness, irritation, blurry vision, crusting, or increased sensitivity to light, these may indicate pink eye. The causes of pink eye range from chemical exposure, viral infections, bacteria, fungus, allergies, or excessive contact lens use. This inflammation can also be accompanied by a viral infection such as the flu, sore throats, or common cold.
An inflamed eye may also produce excess tears which are painless, but also distracting. Bacterial causes of pink eye can be treated with the use of antibiotic eye drops or ointment, although most cases can resolve themselves after three days. If the infection begins to affect the skin around the eye, it is recommended to contact a physician immediately – the Warner Plaza Medical Clinic provides prompt attention to pink eye problems around the Woodland Hills area.
If your pink eye is a result of chemical exposure, you must first rinse your eyes with tap water and then request urgent medical attention. In treating this problem, you must ensure your hands are clean and medical attention is on its way.
At the Warner Plaza Medical Clinic, we offer effective examinations of multiple forms of pink eye. We are available every day of the year, which means you can receive prompt care without scheduling an appointment.