Orange County Pink Eye Specialists – Clarity Eye Group
Serving Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Westminster
Pink Eye: What Is It?
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis as it is medically known, occurs when the eye becomes irritated by bacteria, viral infections, allergies, dust, chemicals, pollen, or contact lenses. When pink eye strikes, the eye typically responds with a swelling and reddening of the conjunctiva, the thin mucous membrane covering the outer eye.
It is important to note that since pink eye passes quickly and somewhat easily from infected people to those without the condition, treatment of the infection has more to do with prevention than serious medical care. Therefore, certain basic precautions should be taken to avoid contracting the disease and prevent its spread among others. These precautions include the careful washing of hands, use of clean handkerchiefs to wipe the infected eyes, and avoidance of close physical contact with contagious individuals. Children frequently contract pink eye due in large part to their generally poor hygiene.
Pink eye owes its name to the fact that the condition almost always results in localized swelling and reddening of the conjunctiva, the thin mucous membrane covering the outer eye. As a result, the area in and immediately around the infected eye becomes extremely red – or pink – puffy and inflamed.