Resident Eye Care Associates Offers Treatment For Pink Eye

An eye problem can arise at any time that requires evaluation and treatment by a qualified eye doctor. Appropriate care at these times can help you to preserve your vision and maintain eye health. At Resident Eye Care in Fair Lawn, NJ, we can provide prompt treatment for common problems, such as “pink eye” infections.

What Is Pink Eye?

“Pink eye” is the common term for a condition called “conjunctivitis.” The conjunctiva is the clear tissue that covers the whites of the eyes and lines the inside of the eyelids. This covering can become inflamed by a number of factors, including bacteria, viruses, reactions to eye medications and allergens. It can be highly contagious. Conjunctivitis leads to symptoms of redness, itching, oozing of pus and excessive mucus production. Blurred vision and sensitivity to light can also occur.

How Is Pink Eye Treated?

Your Fairlawn optometrist will do an examination of your eyes to determine if infection or allergic reaction is the cause of the problem. If the cause is bacterial, the eye doctor will provide antibiotic ointment or drops to eliminate it. Viral infections will run their cause in about a week, and your eye doctor can recommend remedies for your symptoms. If the conjunctivitis is caused by allergies, the optometrist can recommend medications to relieve allergic symptoms.

Tips For Avoiding Pink Eye

Implementing a few strategies can help to reduce your risk for acquiring pink eye.

  • Always wash your hands carefully before putting in or taking out your contact lenses.
  • Keep a hand sanitizer on hand for frequent use during the day.
  • Remove your contact lenses before bathing or swimming.
  • Clean countertops, bathroom vanity tops and faucet handles frequently.
  • Clean your phone regularly to remove bacteria and viruses.
  • Never share washcloths, tissues or makeup.

Contact Resident Eye Care Associates for Optometry Care in Fair Lawn, NJ

We offer a broad range of vision services including examinations, Ortho-K vision therapy, treatment of eye diseases and emergency eye care. We also provide mobile eye care for patients in nursing homes. Contact Resident Eye Care Associates today at (201) 797-2747 for an appointment for treatment of pink eye and to learn the best ways to ensure your eye health.