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Doctor insights on: Uveitis Vs Conjunctivitis

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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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What is a pink eye versus uveitis in the eye?

What is a pink eye versus uveitis in the eye?

Totally different: Pink eye is the popular term for conjunctivitis which in adults is usually caused by a virus infecting the liniing of the eye similar to a cold infecting the lining of the throat. Most are self limited and need little care. Uveitis is a sterile inflammation of the inside of the eye causing pain, light sensitivity and a risk of internal eye damage. Treatment is with steroids; see an ophthalmolog

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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


Dr. Jon Fishburn Dr. Fishburn
Ophthalmology
26 years in practice
University of Nevada School of Medicine
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Should a normal urgent care physician assistant or nurse practitioner tell the different between pink eye and uveitis?

Should a normal urgent care physician assistant or nurse practitioner tell the different between pink eye and uveitis?

Depends: Uveitis requires a slit lamp biomicroscopic examination of the anterior and posterior chambers of the eye to make the diagnosis. Some ER's have these instruments. Pink eye, infectious or allergic, can often be made by history and external examination aided by a light source and magnification. A slit lamp is useful but not always required in an ER or quick care facility. So the answer: It depends.

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Dr. Frances Ilozue Dr. Ilozue
Family Medicine
21 years in practice
Saint Petersburg State Medical Academy
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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.

Dr. Frances Ilozue Dr. Ilozue
Family Medicine
21 years in practice
Saint Petersburg State Medical Academy
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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.

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr Dr. O'leary jr
Urgent Care
15 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Hi Dr (s). What can one use to treat conjunctivitis in a 11 month old baby?

Hi Dr (s). What can one use to treat conjunctivitis in a 11 month old baby?

Lid hygiene: I recommend lid hygiene for your baby. To do this, use cotton balls and baby shampoo, wipe the debris away from the eye and wash four times a day. Also use cold compresses for comfort four times a day. If there is a stye or hordeolum, use hot compresses to assist with drainage. If there is purulent drainage/crust then your baby can benefit from erythromycin ointment which is by prescription.

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Uveitis can be cured?

Uveitis can be cured?

Hard to measure: Uveitis commonly occurs only once in a persons lifetime and in that sense is cured. But many cases are recurrent, and affect both eyes. Each episode in such cases can usually be treated to the point of no evident disease, but recurrence can happen at various intervals. These are therefore treated, but not cured. Some are persistent, with poor response and require systemic therapy.

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Dr. Julie Stevens Dr. Stevens
Family Medicine
20 years in practice
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

Dr. Surendra Varma Dr. Varma
Pediatrics
55 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Dr. William Dieck Dr. Dieck
Ophthalmology
34 years in practice
New York Medical College
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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.

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Dr. U Krishnan Dr. Krishnan
Ophthalmology
17 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Yale Kanter Dr. Kanter
Ophthalmology
57 years in practice
Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Moonyoung Chung Dr. Chung
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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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.

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge Dr. Rutledge
Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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When was conjunctivitis first discovered?

When was conjunctivitis first discovered?

Unknown: This was undoubtedly one of the earliest eye diseases to be recognized. There are ancient manuscripts describing various emolients and preparations of animal body organs and secretions as poultices to treat this condtiion. So the "discovery" is ancient. Reasonable treatments came about with the development of medical advances including eyedrops with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.

Dr. Anthony LaBarbera Dr. LaBarbera
Pediatrics
24 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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How could I tell if I have conjunctivitis?

See below: You will have redness to the white part of your eyes. And, with bacterial conjunctivitis, you will have a mucous discharge from your eye throughout the day. Allergies may cause red eyes. However, your eyes will be itchy and have a watery discharge.

Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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What should I do if I have conjunctivitis?

See an eye doctor: Conjunctivitis of the eye. Has several different causes. See an eye doctor for a proper diagnosis and prescription.

Dr. William Goldstein Dr. Goldstein
Ophthalmology
27 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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What do I do if conjunctivitis is not clearing?

Doctor visit: See an eye doctor to get a prescription for eye drops.

Dr. Jeffrey Gold Dr. Gold
Ophthalmology
49 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis I should be looking for?

What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis I should be looking for?

Redness and Discharg: Conjunctivitis can be due to many causes: bacterial, viral, allergic, chemical, etc. The most common in probably bacterial and causes redness, mucus discharge and sometimes foreign body feeling or frank pain. Sometimes there is associated blurred vision from the mucus discharge. Bacterial conjunctivitis will frequently cause enlarge a painful lymph node just in front of the ear on that side.

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen Dr. Zacharisen
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
29 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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What is a pediatric uveitis?

What is a pediatric uveitis?

Eye disorder: It is inflammation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye. Uvea consists of the iris, choroid and ciliary body. The choroid is sandwiched between the retina and the white of the eye (sclera), and provides blood flow to the deep layers of the retina. The most common type of uveitis is an inflammation of the iris called iritis. Infections, injury and autoimmune disorders may be serious causes.

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Dr. Charlene Sojico Dr. Sojico
Pediatrics
37 years in practice
University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center
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Is conjunctivitis contagious?

Is conjunctivitis contagious?

Depends: The famous "pink eye". Conjunctivitis can be due to allergies, virus, bacteria, chemical, foreign objects, lashes, dust, splinters, trauma to the eye etc. Of course, it is contagious if cause is virus or bacteria. Need immediate treatment and good handwashing.

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Dr. Colin McCannel
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