What is Conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, a thin membrane covering the white of your eyes. When the conjunctiva is irritated the blood vessels enlarge making the eye appear red in colour. Conjunctivitis can be infectious, allergic or environmental. The most common conjunctivitis is the infectious form, also known as Pink Eye caused by a virus or bacteria.

What are the Common Signs and Symptoms of Conjunctivitis?

You may or may not know a cataract is developing depending on the size and where it is located. As a cataract develops you may find your eyes more sensitive to light, especially at night or blurring of your vision.

If you notice blurred vision or other symptoms you should see your eye care professional for a comprehensive eye examination. Your optometrist will access your eye health and make recommendations for treatment and follow-up.

Your exam includes the use of an instrument known as the slit lamp biomicroscope, a specialized microscope that provides a magnified view of the external and internal structures of the eye.

How do I treat Conjunctivitis?

Viral forms of conjunctivitis such as allergic and environmental are fought off by your body’s own immune system and cannot be treated with antibiotics. Infectious conjunctivitis which is caused by bacteria is usually treated with antibiotics, ointments and/or eye drops.