A red or pink eye can have a wide range of causes. An examination is needed to determine whether the cause
is infectious, such as bacterial, viral, or fungal, or an inflammatory condition. This differentiation is vital as the
course of treatment for these causes is very different. Bacterial and fungal infections are generally darker red and have a lot of white, stringy discharge present. Viral infections
can develop similar characteristics as their bacterial and fungal counterparts, though these infections are usually pink in color with a
watery discharge. Viral infections are common among school age children due to their high level of contagiousness.
Inflammatory conditions can develop for a number of reasons including
extended wear of contact lenses, bumps around the eye or for no apparent reason at all. Generally these conditions are
treated with drops and clear up relatively quickly, however, the course of drops can take several weeks before the true cause
is cleared up.
Another type of red eye is called
a corneal ulcer. An ulcer is usually an inflammatory condition with an infectious cause, making it a difficult condition
to treat. Ulcers are found at a much higher rate in patients who are wearing their contacts for longer amounts of time
than suggested and not changing them according to their replacement schedule.
Whatever the cause of the red eye, our doctors are experienced and capable
to treat it. Generally, a red eye can be seen and treatment started the same day, so don't suffer any longer than
you have to and give us a call.