Conjunctivitis

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Conjunctivitis Services in Norcross

Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin, transparent layer covering the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids. At Peachtree Ophthalmology in Norcross, Georgia, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conjunctivitis to ensure optimal eye health for our patients.

Definition:

Conjunctivitis occurs when the conjunctiva becomes irritated or infected, leading to redness, swelling, and discomfort. It can be caused by various factors, including infections, allergies, or environmental irritants.

Causes:

  • Bacterial Infection: Certain bacteria, such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus, can cause bacterial conjunctivitis.
  • Viral Infection: Viruses, including those associated with the common cold or flu, can lead to viral conjunctivitis.
  • Allergic Reaction: Allergens such as pollen, dust, or pet dander can trigger allergic conjunctivitis.
  • Irritants: Exposure to smoke, pollutants, or chemicals can irritate the eyes and cause irritant conjunctivitis.

Symptoms:

  • Redness: The affected eye may appear pink or red.
  • Itching: Patients often experience itching or burning sensations in the eyes.
  • Discharge: Discharge from the eyes, ranging from watery to thick and yellowish, may be present.
  • Tearing: Excessive tearing or watering of the eyes is common.
  • Sensitivity to Light: Bright lights may cause discomfort or worsen symptoms.

Diagnosis:

Diagnosing conjunctivitis typically involves a comprehensive eye examination by our ophthalmologist. This may include:

  • Visual Inspection: To assess the appearance of the eyes and eyelids.
  • Patient History: To identify any potential causes or triggers of conjunctivitis.
  • Swab Test: In cases of suspected bacterial or viral conjunctivitis, a swab may be taken from the eye for laboratory analysis.

Treatment:

Treatment for conjunctivitis depends on the underlying cause and may include:

  • Antibiotic Eye Drops or Ointments: To treat bacterial conjunctivitis.
  • Antiviral Medications: In cases of viral conjunctivitis, antiviral medications may be prescribed.
  • Antihistamine Eye Drops: To alleviate symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis.
  • Lubricating Eye Drops: To soothe irritation and discomfort.
  • Cold Compresses: Applying cold compresses to the eyes can help reduce swelling and relieve symptoms.
Peachtree Ophthalmology- Eye Doctor Near Me in Norcross GA

Encouragement to Visit Our Practice: 

If you are experiencing symptoms of conjunctivitis or suspect you may have pink eye, don’t hesitate to contact Peachtree Ophthalmology in Norcross.  Schedule an appointment today and take the first step towards healthier eyes.

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.

Address

4045 Wetherburn Way, Ste 1
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

Phone & Fax

770-285-7910
770-609-8356

Office Hours

Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sat & Sun: Closed

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