Conjunctivitis also known as pink eye is an inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin clear tissue that lies over the white part of eye and lines the inside of the eyelid. Children get it a lot. It can be highly contagious (It spreads rapidly in schools) but it’s rarely serious it's very unlikely to damage your vision especially you find it and treat it quickly .when, you take care to prevent its spread and do all the things your dr recommends, pink eye clears up with no long-term problems.
The main causes are:
Viruses, including the kind that causes the common cold bacteria irritants such as shampoos, dirt, smoke and pool chlorine. A reaction to eye drops. or it could be due to special type of allergy that affects some people who wear contact lenses.
They depend on the cause of the inflammation, but may include Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid. Swollen conjunctiva. More tears than usual thick yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelashes, especially after sleep itchy eyes burning eyes blurred vision more sensitive to light When to see your Doctor There's a lot of yellow or green discharge from your eye, or if your eyelids are struck together in the morning. You have severe pain in your eye when you look into a bright light. You have a high fever shaking chills face pain or vision loss.
Viruses: This type of conjunctivitis often results from the viruses that cause common cold. Just as cold must run its cause, which usually last from 4 to 7 days. Remember, it can be contagious so do everything you can to prevent its spread.
Bacteria: If bacteria, including those related to STDs, caused your pink eye you will take antibiotics in the form of eye drops, ointments, or pills Irritants; For conjunctivitis caused by an irritating substances, use water to wash the substance from the eye for 5 min your eyes should begin to improve within 4 hours.
What Can I do Relieve Symptoms:
1. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, especially before eating.
2 Keep your eyes clean: wash any discharge from your eyes several times a day. Use a tissue to wipe. Several times a day using a fresh cotton ball or towel.
3. Don't touch or rub your infected eyes with your fingers, use a tissue to wipe.
4. Don't wear, and never share, eye drops or contact lenses wear glasses and throw away disposable lenses.
5. Use a Warm compress, such as a washcloth soaked in warm water.
6. Protect your eyes from dirt and other things that irritate them.
If your child has bacterial or viral conjunctivitis, keep them home from school. Until they are no longer contagious. It's usually safe to return to school when the symptoms are gone. Conjunctivitis can spread in areas where people live work together, for example, if you share a computer or other. Interact with others make sure you wash your hands before you touch your face.
Usually, conjunctivitis clears up on its own or after you take any medicine your doctor prescribes with no lasting problems. Mild conjunctivitis is almost always harmless and will get better, without treatment. But some forms of conjunctivitis can become serious and sight-threatening because they can scar your cornea.