When it comes to our eyesight, proper care and hygiene is necessary for optimum eye health for you and your family. Eyes are a precious thing and can get infections from viruses and bacteria that may occur in different parts of your eyes. The most common eye infection our Washington DC eye doctor treats is conjunctivitis, and is most common in children. This type of infectious conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is a common cold virus called adenovirus. We also want you to be aware that viral conjunctivitis is highly contagious since the virus can spread from the eye to the hands that then touch doorknobs, towels, faucets, and various surfaces that other people also touch. Adults can also contract pinkeye but it does last longer in children.
Pink eye is an inflammation, or infection, of the thin transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of your eyelid (conjunctiva), and covers the white part of your eye. Although pink eye is considered a minor infection, it can definitely turn into something much more serious when not treated properly. If your pink eye developed due to wearing contact lenses, our Washington DC eye doctor at Metropolitan Optical may recommend that you switch to a different type of contact lens, or disinfection solution and, stop wearing the lenses until the infection clears up.
Using state-of-the-art instruments to guarantee the most precise eye exam and diagnosis, our Washington DC eye doctor offers expert treatment of pink eye. When it comes to treating your eye infection, we have three main goals that we focus on. First and foremost is our patient’s comfort, second is to reduce the course of the infection or inflammation, and, finally, to prevent any further spread of the infection. Fortunately, pink eye usually clears up with prompt treatment such as prescription antibiotic eye drops, ointments, and compresses. You can also help prevent pink eye by washing your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes, or eyelids, and certainly before handling your contact lenses. Depending on the main cause of your eye infection, our Washington DC eye doctor may also prescribe antibiotics, or antiviral medications, to be taken orally. We remind all our patients that pink eye is a highly contagious infection so cleanliness is crucial.