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Viral Conjunctivitis And Keratitis
What's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and keratitis? I'm afraid I have keratitis. My eye is red, light sensitive, teary and blurry
Inflammation: Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva (covering on the white part of the eye). Keratitis is inflammation of the cornea (clear layer in front of the iris). Both can be caused by viruses and both can be present at the same time. The light sensitivity and blurred vision could be caused by keratitis. Anytime you have blurred vision you should see your eye doctor immediately. ...Read more
Inflammation of the cornea could be the result of systemic or local inflammation or infection. UV light exposure along with working in a dusty environment or with toxic chemicals can also have an effect on or aggravate cornea inflammation. Try some artificial tears (Systane Balance or HypoTears) 3 times a day for a week and if you're no better see an ...Read more
Pus and edema: Bacterial conjunctivitis is not common in adults but occurs in children more often. I usually will have much more swelling, pus in the cul de sac, and much crusting and debris. Viral conjunctivitis is often bilateral, makes the eyes red all over, and has a clear to yellowish secretion but not pus (which is cloudy white). Your ophthalmologist can make this distinction and given you the best rx. ...Read more
Time: Viral conjunctivitis, like a viral respiratory infection runs its course over a 10-14 day period of time. Medications taken durning a viral illness, be it in the eye or other or system are supportive only. They protect from bacterial superinfections and treat the symptoms of the viral infection. ...Read more
None: It is viral and will resolve on its own. ...Read more
It may not be: Possible for you to distinguish between the two. ...Read more
Conjunctivitis: Being exposed to someone with conjunctivitis does not necessarily imply that you will catch the infection. Having said that, after being exposed, do not touch that person or allow that person to touch you. Stay some distance from him/her just in case s/he sneezes or coughs on you. If that happens, take a shower and if not, at least wash your hands and face. ...Read more
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Most are viral: Most conjunctivitis (pink eye) is viral or allergic. The whites of the eyes are red with clear or mucous discharge. In bacterial conjunctivitis, there is little redness and there usually are not cold symptoms. In addition, there is often a thick, yellow pus discharge from the eye. ...Read more
Is it likely to have viral conjunctivitis for over a month where it improves and worsens more than once? Or could this be something else entirely?
A Ophthalmologists diagnosed viral conjunctivitis steroids were given.5 wks later my vision is still blurry but improving very slowly, is this normal?
Atypical but possibl: Vital keratoconjunctivitis can take many weeks to resolve, depending on the type of virus. It's important to be followed carefully & tapered gradually with the topical steroid drops. Blurry vision still may take awhile to recover, & infrequently sub-epithelial corneal scars can remain and, if centrally located, can affect visual acuity. An update refraction needed to assess your best vision ...Read more
One of my eyes got a little red but only half of it. I had viral conjunctivitis on march but on both eyes. What could it be?
Both my eyes so red and teary from the past week. Can't focus on anything for more than a second. Is it really viral conjunctivitis?
Possible: If so, then it should be better in about a week. If not, see an ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more
My 2 year old daughter has suffered from severe viral conjunctivitis now she is unable to open her eyes due to light sensivity, how can I help her?
Have her checked: She needs to be seen by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
If baby transferred viral conjunctivitis to the mother can the mother transfer it back to the baby? Or will the baby now have the antibodies for that
Maybe: Parinaud's oculoglandular syndrome, or conjunctivitis with swollen lymph node between the back of the cheek and ear ("pre-auricular) and under the jawbone ("submandibular") has many causes, with Cat-scratch disease being the most common. Many others exists, but viral is not considered very common. Please get an evaluation by a Cornea and External disease specialist. ...Read more
The cornea is the clear tissue in front of the iris. Iris gives your eyes color. Keratitis is inflammation if cornea. Keratitis is caused by trauma (contact lens wear, dry eyes), degeneration, and infection. Contact lens wear is the most important risk factor for infectious keratitis. Herpes is a common cause of keratitis. Keratitis can be sight threatening. Keratitis ...Read more
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