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Expert Emergency Eye Care for Pink Eye in Chicago

Are you or your child experiencing redness, irritation, swelling, burning, or a sticky discharge? It might be pink eye. Call us at 773-322-1622.

Understanding Pink Eye

What is Pink Eye?

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is characterized by redness caused by inflammation of the conjunctiva — the thin, clear lining of the eye's white portion (sclera). It can result from various causes, including viral, bacterial, or allergic factors. Timely optometric care is crucial; untreated pink eye can lead to vision complications.

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Types of Pink Eye

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1. Viral Conjunctivitis:

Viral Conjunctivitis: Highly contagious and usually self-resolving, it causes watery, itchy, red eyes, often with light sensitivity. Use cold compresses to alleviate symptoms.

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2. Bacterial Conjunctivitis:

This type affects one or both eyes, causing burning, grittiness, and a yellowish discharge. It spreads through contact and requires antibiotic treatment to prevent vision damage.

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3. Allergic Conjunctivitis:

Triggered by allergens like pollen or pet dander, it leads to itchy, watery, or burning eyes, often accompanied by nasal symptoms. Allergy medication can help.

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4. Chemical Conjunctivitis:

Chemical Conjunctivitis: Non-contagious and caused by irritants like smoke or chemicals, it results in pain, temporary vision impairment, redness, and swelling. Flush the eye and use lubricating drops for relief.

Preventive Measures

Reduce your risk of pink eye by:

  • Frequent handwashing (at least 20 seconds)
  • Avoiding sharing items like makeup, towels, or eyeglasses
  • Refraining from touching or rubbing your eyes
  • Wearing goggles while swimming
  • Adhering to contact lens care instructions
  • Regularly sanitizing surfaces and devices
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Contact Buena Vista Optical in Chicago for proper diagnosis and treatment. We offer solutions and guidance to prevent future occurrences.

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