CONJUNCTIVITIS

ConjunctivitisConjunctivitis is inflammation of the outermost layer of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids known as the conjunctiva. Conjunctivitis usually begins with one eye but may spread easily to the other.

Conjunctivitis may be caused by:
  • Allergens
  • Bacterial infection
  • Viral infection/pink eye (This is the most common cause. It is often associated with an infection of the upper respiratory track, a common cold, and/or sore throat)
  • Chemical or traumatic cause
  • Dryness
Conjunctivitis Symptoms and Signs of Conjunctivitis may include:
  • Red eye
  • Swelling of conjunctiva
  • Watering of the eye(s)
  • Itching of the eye(s) (typical in allergic and viral conjunctivitis)
  • Discharge of the infected eye(s)
  • Crusting of the eye(s) and surrounding skin, often causing the eye(s) to stick together after sleep (common with bacterial conjuctivitis)
  • Swelling of the eyelid (often experienced with bacterial conjunctivitis)
  • Grittiness/irritation of the eye(s) (common with bacterial conjunctivitis)
Complications may include:
  • Blepharoconjunctivitis is the dual combination of conjunctivitis with blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids).
  • Keratoconjunctivitis is the combination of conjunctivitis and keratitis (corneal inflammation).

Many eyecare professionals recommend Cliradex to reduce the healing time in most types of conjunctivitis.
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* Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions, please see your eye care practitioner.