More commonly referred to colloquially as “pink eye” or “red eye”, conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the eye’s conjunctiva (white part surrounding the pupil). There are many causes of conjunctivitis, with treatment and management options differing depending on the cause (explained below).
If you have conjunctivitis, you may be contagious. We recommend seeking a diagnosis prior to returning to school or work.
There are three main causes of conjunctivitis:
Treatment for conjunctivitis depends on its cause.
After a quick assessment to confirm the cause, we will then provide treatment for the symptoms. A severe cause of bacterial conjunctivitis will be treated with antibiotics. Otherwise, the pathogen will be left to run its course (1 to 2 weeks).
This variant of conjunctivitis is generally treated with antihistamines. Other options, such as immunotherapy, can provide long-term relief.
While we can provide treatments to relieve your symptoms, only determining the environmental cause (and then removing yourself from it) will permanently address environmental conjunctivitis.