The conjunctiva is a thin membrane that lines the inside of the eyelids and covers the white part of the eye (the sclera). The function of the conjunctiva is to lubricate the eye by producing tears, oils and mucus.
If this membrane becomes inflamed, the condition is called pink eye (conjunctivitis).
Symptoms of Pink Eye
- Red or bloodshot eyes
- Swollen eyelids
- Excessive eye watering
- Burning and itching eyes
- Crusty eyelids in the morning
- Sensitivity to light
- Yellow discharge from the eyes
- Gritty sensation
Tips to Avoid Pink Eye
Because pink eye is extremely contagious, the best ways to avoid inflammation of the conjunctiva is by washing your hands often and avoiding direct contact or sharing items with other people who may have pink eye. You should also avoid touching your eyes.
If you are experiencing the signs of pink eye in Victoria, TX, contact us to schedule an eye exam. If we determine your pink eye is caused by a bacterial infection, we may be able to prescribe medicated eye drops or ointments to speed the healing process. Viral conjunctivitis usually clears up on its own after a few days.