COULD IT BE CONJUNCTIVITIS?
Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the clear tissue that covers the white of the eye and the inside of the eyelids. The conjunctiva can become inflamed by bacteria, viruses, irritants, or allergens. All cause conjunctivitis.
- Bacterial Conjunctivitis–Bacterial conjunctivitis is less common than viral conjunctivitis, except in infants and toddlers. Kids with bacterial conjunctivitis have uncomfortable, sticky, red eyes with lots of yellow-green discharge. Eyes are often stuck shut on waking.
It’s treated with prescription antibiotic eye drops or ointment. Though sometimes just applying frequent compresses can do the trick without antibiotics.
- Viral Conjunctivitis is more common than bacterial. It’s caused by the same viruses that cause colds. Kids complain of itchy irritated eyes.It can treated with cold compresses and artificial tear eye drops. Antibiotic eye drops don’t help. Some forms of viral conjunctivitis are very contagious, so it’s important to have your child wash hands frequently and avoid sharing washcloths or pillowcases.
- Allergic Conjunctivitis causes watery, red, itchy eyes and usually occurs during allergy seasons. It’s not contagious.
Any form of conjunctivitis can be very dangerous for contact lens wearers. Kids should never wear contacts if they are experiencing ANY form of eye irritation.