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Doctor insights on: Trouble Seeing Distances After Conjunctivitis

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When do you need to see a doctor with conjunctivitis?

When do you need to see a doctor with conjunctivitis?

Drainage or fever: There are 3 types of "pink eye". The bacterial type has redness of the inner eyelid and pus drainage that continues all day. The viral and allergy type may be goopy in the morning but less during the day. Allergy types may be more itchy. See a doctor if the drainage continues or if you have a fever. Avoid rubbing your eyes and wash hands frequently no matter what type it may be. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more


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What medication do I treat conjunctivitis with? I do not know the cause (allergy/virus, etc). Seeing a doctor is not an option.

What medication do I treat conjunctivitis with? I do not know the cause (allergy/virus, etc). Seeing a doctor is not an option.

Better see doctor: If it is only pink eye and only watery discharge then it may be due to allergy or virus.But if there is greenish yellow discharge from eyes, that means infection. Either way better see the doctor who can decide what do you have and what medicine you need. ...Read more

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My daughter has had conjunctivitis for 5 days. I've been bathing it 3 times a day. But her eyes are still bloodshot is it worth seeing her gp.

My daughter has had conjunctivitis for 5 days. I've been bathing it 3 times a day. But her eyes are still bloodshot is it worth seeing her gp.

Consider this but...: Conjunctivitis is often self-limited. It is often viral, in which case usually meds don't help. If bacterial antibiotic drops help, but colloidal silver (a good brand is sovereign silver) is safe ; effective for both bacterial ; viral conjunctivitis, one drop in each eye every 2 or 3 hours while awake. See gp if this doesn't help. See http://www. Earthclinic. Com/cures/viral_conjunctivitis4.Html#cs. ...Read more

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After day 12, still coughing, runny nose, conjunctivitis (on eye antibiotics) still feeling tired, not sleeping well, but no fever. Since I have no fever--could be asthma? Would seeing dr help?

After day 12, still coughing, runny nose, conjunctivitis (on eye antibiotics) still feeling tired, not sleeping well, but no fever. Since I have no fever--could be asthma? Would seeing dr help?

Yes: Seeing a doctor when you have medical questions is always advisable. Asthma is usually characterized by wheezing, although can present with cough (more commonly in children). Most of what you describe sounds as if it may be due to allergies. See a doctor. ...Read more

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If you had conjunctivitis and your eye looks and feels normal but you see blurry for 3 days does that mean glasses?

If you had conjunctivitis and your eye looks and feels normal but you see blurry for 3 days does that mean glasses?

Wait a while: Conjnunctivitis can temporarily change the vision. Wait until it is clearly all over and the eye is normal. Then you c an be measured to see if you need glasses. ...Read more

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Is it possible that conjunctivitis, after it was treated, to leave eye damage? I can't see as clear as I could when I look far away with my left eye...

Is it possible that conjunctivitis, after it was treated, to leave eye damage? I can't see as clear as I could when I look far away with my left eye...

Not likely: Conjunctivitis is largely an infection of the lining of the eye rather than the seeing parts of the eye. When over, these revert to normal. However I have a number of patients with minor eyeglass needs who were not aware of this prior to their conjunctivitis - who when thinking about their eyes afterwards note a need for eyeglasses and attribute it to the infection when it was there before. ...Read more

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Hi. I suspect I have giant papiliary conjunctivitis as per what my optometrist has said. Do I need to see a GP or an ophthalmologist? I wear contact lenses but have taken them out for now. Thanks

Hi. I suspect I have giant papiliary conjunctivitis as per what my optometrist has said. Do I need to see a GP or an ophthalmologist? I wear contact lenses but have taken them out for now. Thanks

See ophthalmologist: Optometrists are fine for routine eyeglasses and contact lenses. But with a medical problem, an ophthalmologist is the better choice and GPC needs proper treatment. ...Read more

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My 4year old daughter has bacterial conjunctivitis, do I need to take her to see the doctor or can I buy over-the-counter medicines to treat it? Thanx

My 4year old daughter has bacterial conjunctivitis, do I need to take her to see the doctor or can I buy over-the-counter medicines to treat it? Thanx

No OTC meds: The treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis, if that truly is the cause, will require prescription meds. Otc eve drops can often provide comfort to those with viral, irritant & allergic causes of conjunctival irritation, but they will not cure a true bacterial disease. Call in & see what the kids doc suggests. ...Read more

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I have allergic conjunctivitis and I need answers about eye discharge. Is it contagious, how do I treat it, do I need to see doctor?

M.D. visit: If you have light sensitivity and thick discharge it could be an infection of the conjunctivae. If there is eye pain and redness, I would recommend seeing an Opthalmologist right away. Allergic conjunctivitis may be treated by gently rinsing the eye with sterile saline, avoiding the triggering agent and taking an antihistamine. ...Read more

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Cloudy vision in left eye, just got over conjunctivitis. I see I have a white spot (not raised) inside my upper eyelid. What can this be?

Cloudy vision in left eye, just got over conjunctivitis. I see I have a white spot (not raised) inside my upper eyelid. What can this be?

Ophthalmologist: See an ophthalmologist ASAP. Without examining this there is no way in which to predict what it might be, but your eyesight is precious and can be damaged permanently if not treated rapidly. Go now and see an expert. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Saw doc yesterday about sore throat and canker, said virus. Last night one eye irritation, conjunctiva red, watering all night-eyelashes little stuck together. Conjunctivitis? How to treat or see reg doc?

Saw doc yesterday about sore throat and canker, said virus. Last night one eye irritation, conjunctiva red, watering all night-eyelashes little stuck together. Conjunctivitis? How to treat or see reg doc?

Conjunctivitis: Your symptoms definitely seem compatible with a viral syndrome also involving the eye (conjunctivitis). Try not to spread the virus to your other eye or others. Clean the secretions with a clean washcloth with warm water, and you may use artificial tears ; ocular decongestant like naphcon a™ for comfort. Also tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil and plenty of fluids and rest. Takes about 7 to 10 days to clear. ...Read more

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What are the signs of conjunctivitis due to exposure to s. epidermidis in class?

What are the signs of conjunctivitis due to exposure to s. epidermidis in class?

Redness, discharge: The symptoms may include: redness, discharge, crusting, pain or discomfort, sometimes there's increased sensitivity to light and mild blurry vision. ...Read more

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How to know if I have gotten conjunctivitis from exposure to s. Epidermidis in class?

How to know if I have gotten conjunctivitis from exposure to s. Epidermidis in class?

Culture: If you really want to know the exact germ that caused the symptoms, you need to see your doctor who may perform a bacterial culture, if he/she agrees that that it will be beneficial. ...Read more

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What is conjunctivitis?

What is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva, a thin membrane that coats and protects the surface of the eye. Common causes of conjunctivitis in adults are certain viruses and allergies. ...Read more

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What causes conjunctivitis?

What causes conjunctivitis?

Several issues: Conjunctivitis=inflammation of the conjunctiva
irritant : dust, hair spray, mascara, chemicals
germ: bacterial, chlamydia, viral
allergy: air born pollen
conjunctivitis is a unifying label for many things that cause inflammation but most use the term for the germ causes. Exam by your doc is a simple way to define the cause more accurately. ...Read more

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Is conjunctivitis catching?

Is conjunctivitis catching?

Yes: Since a preponderance of conjunctivitis is viral, this form is very contagious and is spread by contact with the ocular secretions. Expect about 7-10 days of complete recovery. Best to avoid spreading by using meticulous hygiene around your eyes and avoid touching your other eye or passing on to others. You may try artificial tears, ocular decongestants (naphcon a), stay hydrated ; get plenty rest. ...Read more

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Can you catch conjunctivitis?

Can you catch conjunctivitis?

Yes you can: A majority of infectious conjunctivitis is caused by viruses- the better known one is adenovirus (aka pink eye). This is highly contagious and can be spread by touch. By not washing their hands and contacting their eyes, a person who is exposed to an infected patient can get it. ...Read more

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How is conjunctivitis treated?

Depends on the cause: Conjunctivitis is an eye irritation that has many causes.
Irritants (sand, etc): eyewash or removal
allergens (pollens, etc): avoidance or moving away from the allergen
viral infections (except the herpes virus): time, good hygiene
bacterial infections (and herpes infections): antimicrobial eye drops
very important to seek the help of you doctor as untreated herpes infection can lead to blindness! ...Read more

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What is apollo conjunctivitis?

What is apollo conjunctivitis?

Named for a Rocket!: Apollo: Viral Conjunctivitis
There was an epidemic that presented with discomfort, irritation, watering and redness of the eyes in West Africa and other parts of the globe, which coincided with the landing of the APOLLO 11 on the moon in 1969. This epidemic was caused by an adenovirus and epidemics have been recurrent since then. This is a self-limiting disease and very contagious. ...Read more

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I have conjunctivitis should I fly?

I have conjunctivitis should I fly?

Yes: Just be careful not to touch your eyes and then touch any other places where others may also have contact. ...Read more

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What should I do for conjunctivitis?

Depends: There are a lot of different types of conjunctivitis. Viral conjunctivitis needs time. Allergic conjunctivitis can be treated with allergy drops. Bacterial conjunctivitis needs antibiotic drops. There are other reasons why your eye can be red that are more serious. Best to be checked by an eye md. ...Read more

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Can I get conjunctivitis from my cat?

Can I get conjunctivitis from my cat?

Zoonotic Infection: Numerous bacterial and chlamydial species can infect alternative hosts. Most important for women of child-bearing age is toxoplasma gondii, a common protozoal infection of cats that can cause congential defects in a fetus (see torch syndrome). Pregnant women should never clean the cat box! Congenital infections can cause primary vision loss or recur later in life leading to chorioretinal scarring. ...Read more

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What are the tests for conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: For a bacterial conjunctivitis sometimes a culture and slide smear are done to clarify the offending organism. Sometimes a slide smear is used to differentiate between a viral and allergic conjunctivitis. Occasionally a conjunctival biopsy may be required. ...Read more

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How can I cure conjunctivitis quickly?

Conjunctivitis: Is a self limited infection, antibiotic eye drops are given to shorten the course. Good hygeine, washing hands can prevent its spread. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is conjunctivitis?

What sort of disease is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Inflammation of the coonjunctival tissues that covers the whites of the eyes and under the lids, due to allergy, infection or toxic effect of medicines/ chemicals. Conjunctiva become swollen and red. Patients experience burning, blurred vision, tearing, redness, puffy eyelids, discharge, itching, pain depending on the cause. ...Read more

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Who is most at risk for conjunctivitis?

Who is most at risk for conjunctivitis?

Children: Viral conjunctivitis is spread by contact, not through the air like a common cold. Hands touching the infected eye, for instance, may open a door, leaving the virus on the knob for the next guy to get it on his hands. Children spread this condition readily because they are frequently in physical contact in playing. They lack the social barriers that adults have. ...Read more