Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis can be either an irritation or an infection of the membrane that covers the white of the eye and the inside lining of the eyelid. It has become commonly known as "pink eye" due to the significant blood vessel inflammation that can occur.

Allergies and other irritants like air pollution, eye make up, and contact lenses cause irritation conjunctivitis. Infection conjunctivitis has two categories—viral and bacterial. The viral type usually accompanies a cold, fever, sore throat, or flu and is characterized by eye redness and a watery discharge. The bacterial type presents with eye redness, a mucous like discharge, and is usually caused by a staph or strep bacteria.

Some bacterial and viral pink eye can easily be passed between people, and it is common for children to experience this type of pink eye. The symptoms are generally mild and do not pose a serious threat to eye health, but symptoms in newborns should be addressed by a doctor right away to help ensure no vision loss occurs.

Conjunctivitis is treated differently depending on the cause. Most cases can be successfully treated with antibiotics, eye drops, or ointments.

Dr. Meier and Dr. Moser are trained and equipped to make the correct diagnosis of the type of conjunctivitis. In some cases, symptoms can progress to more serious eye condition and vision damage so professional evaluation is important.

We are now open Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm for scheduled limited patient care and will remain available for scheduled optical appointments.

Please call 717-626-8300 when you arrive for your appointment and a member of our team will provide you with instructions to enter the building. Additionally, we are going above the CDC guidelines for universal precautions and all individuals entering the facility must wear a mask for the duration of their visit.

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