A recent outbreak of pink eye on the mainland has prompted our doctors to educate the public about this condition. By properly treating and understanding pink eye we hope to avoid such situations in the future.

What’s commonly known as pink eye is a condition of the inner lid and whites of the eyes called conjunctivitis, which exists in a variety of forms. Each form involves unique treatment methods, so it is important to visit an eye doctor to determine the nature of your affliction.

Allergic conjunctivitis is treated with allergy drops. To provide additional relief doctors often recommend applying a cool compress to the eyes, and using chilled artificial tears.

Bacterial conjunctivitis is treated with antibiotic drops. In cases where the form of conjunctivitis cannot be identified, antibiotics are often prescribed as a precaution.

Viral conjunctivitis is not immediately curable, but typically only lasts 1-2 weeks. Discomfort while fighting the virus can be reduced with cool compresses and chilled artificial tears. In severe viral cases patients can benefit from doctor prescribed anti-inflammatory drops.

Some bacterial and most viral conjunctivitis strains are EXTREMELY CONTAGIOUS, so it is imperative that those showing symptoms minimize their contact with others. This means staying home from work/school until the infection has cleared. To further reduce the risk of contracting or spreading conjunctivitis we recommend that you…

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your eyes.
  • Avoid reusing towels, washcloths and handkerchiefs on your face and eyes.
  • Change pillowcases frequently.
  • Disinfect door handles and faucets.