Pink Eye Specialist

In Focus Eyecare

Andrea P. Neff, OD

Optometry located in Fort Mill, SC

Caring optometrist, Andrea Neff, OD, at In Focus Eyecare in Fort Mill, South Carolina, provides relief from conjunctivitis, otherwise known as “pink eye.” She knows that this eye condition can be contagious, itchy, and irritating. Pink eye is more common in children, but it’s very contagious and can infect people of any age. Dr. Neff offers quality optometric care for men, women, and children. If you’re concerned about your eye health and dealing with pink eye, visit In Focus Eyecare and click or call to request an appointment online.

Pink Eye Q &A

What is pink eye?

Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is the inflammation or an infection of the conjunctiva — the see-through membrane that lines your eyelid covering the white part of your eyeball.

When small blood vessels in this membrane become inflamed, they’re more prominent and cause the whites of your eyes to look a more pinkish or red color.

Pink eye usually happens due to a bacterial or viral infection or an allergic reaction.

What are the symptoms of pink eye?

The obvious and easily visible symptom of pink eye is the pink or red color of the eyes. Other symptoms of pink eye are excess tearing, swelling, and itching. You might have a discharge in one or in both eyes that develops a crust and stops you from properly opening your eyes when you wake up.

You might also have other symptoms of light sensitivity, eye pain, or blurred vision. If you have any of these symptoms, it’s best to visit In Focus Eyecare to rule out more serious eye conditions that can cause eye redness.

Pink eye doesn’t typically affect your vision, but it can be concerning and irritating. Make sure you stop wearing your contact lenses and any eye makeup on the affected eye as soon as you suspect you might have pink eye.

What causes pink eye?

Pink eye can be caused by various factors, such as:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Allergies
  • Blocked tear ducts (newborns)
  • Irritation or chemical splash in your eye
  • Foreign object in your eye

The liquid that drains from an infected eye can spread contagious types of pink eye through direct or indirect contact.

How is pink eye treated?

In Focus Eyecare offers a range of treatments and methods to ease your discomfort, such as:

  • Eye drops
  • Artificial tears
  • Antiviral medications
  • Cleaning your eyelids with a wet cloth
  • Cold or warm compresses
  • Prescription allergy eye drops
  • Antihistamines
  • Mast cell stabilizers
  • Steroids, decongestants, and anti-inflammatories

In some circumstances, Dr. Neff might suggest antibiotic eye drops.

To prevent pink eye, you should maintain good eye health and practice good hygiene by limiting direct contact with other people’s eyes, not sharing eye makeup, and washing your hands frequently.

Visit In Focus Eyecare for compassionate and efficient treatment for pink eye. Call the office or schedule online today.