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Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center-Valparaiso & Knox, IN

The eye doctors at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center provide examination, diagnosis and treatment of Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye for patients of all ages. Conjunctivitis, or “Pink Eye”, is the term used to describe inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the very thin membrane that covers the inside of your eyelids and the white part of your eye (the sclera). It is most commonly referred to as “red” or “pink” eye and can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection, allergies or environmental irritants. Symptoms of conjunctivitis may include:

  • Inflammation of the eye
  • Increased tearing
  • Soreness of the eye
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Itchiness of the eye
  • Excess mucous or pus
  • Crusting of the eyelashes in the morning

Viral Conjunctivitis is much more common than the bacterial kind. It may last several weeks and is frequently accompanied by a respiratory infection (or cold). Antibiotic drops or ointments usually do not help, but symptomatic treatment such as cold compresses or over-the-counter decongestant eye drops can be used while the infection runs its course.

Bacterial Conjunctivitis is less common and characterized by considerable amounts of pus. Some bacterial infections are more chronic, however, and may produce little or no discharge except for some mild crusting of the eyelashes in the morning. Bacterial conjunctivitis can be treated with a variety of antibiotic eye drops or ointments. These treatments usually cure the infection in a day or two.

Allergic Conjunctivitis is another kind of conjunctivitis that is caused by allergies and often occurs in spring and fall. Itchy eyes are common with this variety, but can be treated with eye drops. It is important, however, to not use medications that contain steroids unless they are specifically prescribed your eye doctor. Names of steroids usually end in “-one” or “-dex.”

Conjunctivitis caused by a virus can be very contagious. If you have been diagnosed with viral conjunctivitis or suspect you might be suffering from this condition, practicing good hygiene can help prevent the spread of conjunctivitis if you are infected. You should:

  • Avoid re-using handkerchiefs and towels to wipe your face and eyes
  • Not share towels, pillowcases or makeup
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes
  • Replace your eye cosmetics regularly
  • Properly clean your contact lenses
  • Stay out of swimming pools and consider staying home from school or work

Regardless of the cause, conjunctivitis should not cause a decrease in vision. More serious conditions, such as damage to the cornea, very severe glaucoma or inflammation inside the eye can also cause the conjunctiva to become inflamed and pink. If your case of “pink eye” affects your vision or you experience eye pain, you should schedule an appointment.

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center provides examination, diagnosis and treatment of Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye for patients from northern Indiana including La Porte, Mishawaka, South Bend, Michigan City, Crown Point, Merrillville, Chesterton, South Haven, Westville, Hebron, Lowell, Valparaiso and Walkerton as well as Indiana, Illinois suburban areas of Frankfurt, Calumet City, Monee and Crete. To schedule an appointment for Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye, please call us at 219-464-8223.

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Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center, P.C.
502 Marquette Street
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
219-464-8223

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center, P.C.
1001 S. Edgewood Drive, #5
Knox, Indiana 46534
574-772-2012

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Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center in Valparaiso and Knox, IN provides eye exams for adults & children,
eye surgery such as LASIK, cataract surgery & lens implants and eyelid surgery, diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma,
age related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy and dry eye, as well as eye exams for cataracts, eyeglasses and contact lenses.