Pink eye is one of the most common infections, affecting up to 6 million Americans each year. At Refresh Wellness in Garland, Texas, board-certified nurse practitioner and house call specialist Bincy Varughese, APRN, FNP-C, offers complete care for pink eye (conjunctivitis), including same-day screenings and prescription eye drops. Call the office to receive treatment for pink eye today, or book online.
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is an infection of the conjunctiva –– the clear membrane that covers the whites of your eyes. When the blood vessels in your conjunctiva become inflamed, they turn red, making your eyes appear irritated.
Pink eye tends to affect infants and children, but anyone can have it. Fortunately, there are treatments that can relieve irritation and stop the infection from spreading.
Symptoms of pink eye include:
If you have any of these symptoms and they affect your vision or daily routine, don’t wait to seek treatment.
Conjunctivitis occurs for various reasons, including:
Sometimes, infants develop pink eye because of a blocked or clogged tear duct.
Your Refresh Wellness provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when your eye first changed color, if it hurts to blink, and if the irritation worsens after looking at electronic screens like computers or tablets.
Next, they complete an exam, checking both eyes for inflammation, redness, and swelling. Most cases of pink eye are easy to diagnose, but your provider might collect an eye culture if they suspect a more serious issue, like a bacterial infection.
During an eye culture, your provider gently swabs mucus from your eyelid and sends it to a nearby lab for analysis.
Treatment of pink eye depends on various factors, including the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. Most of the time, conjunctivitis occurs because of viral infections. As a result, antibiotics won’t help.
Instead, your Refresh Wellness provider may recommend:
Sometimes, pink eye occurs due to using old makeup. Regularly check the expiration dates on your cosmetic products and throw them out as necessary.
Call Refresh Wellness to receive treatment for pink eye today, or book online.