Bacterial Conjunctivitis

Just the word conjunctivitis can make you feel a little uncomfortable, and your eyes a little bit itchy. But the truth is, it’s a common eye condition, which can be managed with some hygiene advice and products to treat any discomfort, depending on the type of conjunctivitis the patient is experiencing.

In case you haven’t experienced it, basically conjunctivitis causes inflammation and/or swelling of the thin membrane which covers the eye surface and the inside of the eyelids.

There are a number of types of conjunctivitis that we’ll share with you over the coming weeks, the first being bacterial conjunctivitis.

Bacterial conjunctivitis causes symptoms of redness, sticky white-yellow discharge, irritation, lids stuck together on waking.  The condition tends to be in one eye initially, but is extremely contagious and often spreads to the other eye within a few days.

Bacterial conjunctivitis is actually not very common in adults but is the predominant conjunctivitis found in kids.  Treatment is with antibiotic drops or ointment, along with good hand hygiene to avoid spreading the infection.

Make an appointment at UFS Optical with our Optometrist for diagnosis and an appropriate treatment regime.