Conjunctivitis Treatments & Pink Eye
There are many common conditions that affect the eye, our pharmacists are able to assist you in correct diagnosis so that you don’t waste time and money on the wrong types of products.
Dry eye is a common condition which occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears. The lack of lubrication can make your eyes dry out, which can increase eye soreness and redness. Dry eye can be prevented by protecting your eyes from irritants such as wind, hot air, direct sunlight and smoke. If you experience dry eye, speak to a pharmacist about obtaining eye drops, which can lubricate the eye and replenish the tear film.
Conjunctivitis is caused by inflammation of the outer layer of the eye and the inside of the eyelid. This causes tears, discharge from the eye, itching and burning and sensitivity to light. Conjunctivitis can be cause by viral infection, allergies or bacteria. Viral Conjunctivitis improves without treatment, however, eye drops can be used to dry watery secretions and reduce eye redness. Allergic conjunctivitis is a symptom of a reaction to an environmental irritant. The symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis can be calmed with antihistamine eye drops which switch off the allergic pathways and have an anti-inflammatory effect. Bacterial conjunctivitis can be treated with antibiotic eye drops. If you are suffering from bacterial conjunctivitis, speak to a pharmacist.
Red eye is a term used when irritation or infection causes dilated blood vessels on the surface of the eye. Red eye can be caused by infection, allergies, a burst blood vessel or an inflammatory condition. Eye drops can be used to reduce eye redness, however drops should not be used for longer than 3-4 days.
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