Persistent Red Eyes?

Persistent Red Eyes? Understanding Viral Conjunctivitis and Seeking Relief 

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Unveiling the Mystery of Prolonged Redness: A Guide to Viral Conjunctivitis 

  1. The Nature of Viral Conjunctivitis:
  • Viral Infection: Viral conjunctivitis is caused by a viral infection, often associated with the common cold or flu. 
  • Highly Contagious: Viral conjunctivitis is highly contagious and can spread through contact with infected individuals or surfaces. 
  1. Why Does It Last So Long?
  • Viral Lifecycle: Viruses causing conjunctivitis have a lifecycle, and the inflammation may persist until the body clears the infection. 
  • Immune Response: The body’s immune response plays a role in the duration of symptoms. 
  1. Average Time for Resolution:
  • Typical Duration: Viral conjunctivitis symptoms often resolve within two to three weeks. 
  • Variability: The duration can vary based on the specific virus causing the infection and individual immune responses. 
  1. When to Seek Professional Care:
  • Persistent Redness: If redness persists beyond the average timeframe. 
  • Worsening Symptoms: If symptoms worsen or if there is a significant impact on vision. 
  • Severe Discomfort: Severe discomfort or pain should prompt a visit to the eye doctor. 
  1. Treatment Approaches:
  • Artificial Tears: Lubricating eye drops can alleviate dryness and soothe irritation. 
  • Warm Compresses: Applying warm compresses can provide relief and reduce inflammation. 
  • Hygiene Practices: Strict hygiene practices, including handwashing, help prevent the spread of the virus. 
  1. Preventive Measures:
  • Avoiding Contamination: Avoid touching the eyes and practice good hand hygiene to prevent the spread of the virus. 
  • Isolation: Individuals with viral conjunctivitis should consider isolation to prevent infecting others. 

Peachtree Ophthalmology, your local eye clinic in Norcross near Peachtree Corners, emphasizes the importance of professional guidance for persistent red eyes. Dr. Washington provides personalized care and recommendations for effective relief. Schedule your appointment today. 

How To Contact Us

Our eye clinic is ideally located close to the intersection of Holcomb Bridge Rd and Spalding Dr. Serving Norcross GA, Duluth, Sandy Springs, Roswell & Johns Creek.


4045 Wetherburn Way, Ste 1
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

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Sat & Sun: Closed

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