The symptoms of conjunctivitis differ depending on the cause of the inflammation, but can include:
- Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid
- Increased amount of tears
- Thick yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelashes, especially after sleep
- Green or white discharge from the eye
- Itchy eyes
- Burning eyes
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to bright light sometimes occurs
- Symptoms of allergy, such as an itchy nose, sneezing, a scratchy throat, or asthma may be present in cases of allergic conjunctivitis
The doctor can diagnose conjunctivitis by examining the eye.
Bacteria: - Conjunctivitis caused by bacteria usually does not need treatment with antibiotics as the infection usually clears up by itself.
Viruses: - This type of conjunctivitis often results from the viruses that cause a common cold. Just as a cold must run its course, so must this form of conjunctivitis, which usually clears within one to two weeks.
The two main types of antibiotics that may be prescribed are:
If you have seasonal or perennial conjunctivitis you may be prescribed the following medicines:
Mast cell stabilisers
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