Eye Conditions

Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis, which is commonly referred to as pink eye, is a redness of the membranes covering the white part of the eyes and the inner parts of the lids. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, allergies or chemical exposure. In children, viral and bacterial causes are more common, but they occur in adults as well.

The leading cause of pink eye is a viral infection.  The discharge tends to be more watery and often patients present with redness, itchiness and sometimes cold like symptoms. It starts in one eye and then spreads to the other eye  few days later. Viral conjunctivitis may be highly contagious and care must be taken to avoid touching the eyes during an infection.

Allergic conjunctivitis can also present with itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids.  Both eyes are usually affected.

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Dry Eyes After Menopause

Dry eye syndrome is frequently experienced by women after menopause.   In the past, this was assumed to be caused by falling levels of estrogen.  Men also experience dry eyes, but about ten years later, on average, than women do.

Recent research has revealed that falling levels of androgen, the male hormone that is the  primary culprit.  Obviously, women start off with lower levels of androgen than men. After menopause, the levels decrease further.  There is intensive research being carried on to incorporate androgen into topical eye drop to aid dry eye sufferers.

Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis or “EKC”

Epidemic keratoconjunctivitis or “EKC” is a severe viral infection that affects both the conjunctiva and the cornea.  It begins as a very severe conjunctivitis associated with glandular swelling in front of the ears.  It may start in one eye, but usually affects the other eye in a day or two; or it may begin in both eyes simultaneously.  Frequently, the eyelids are swollen shut.   Within a few days, the cornea becomes affected initially on the surface and later it proceeds to go deeper.  This corneal involvement causes severe irritation and extreme sensitivity to light.  This, together with blurred vision, makes driving difficult or impossible.

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Viral Conjunctivitis or “Pink Eye”

Viral conjunctivitis commonly referred to as “Pink Eye” is a self-limited disease occurring mainly in children and young adults.

It is harmless, but very annoying.  Commonly, the eye and the inside of the lids become red within a few hours.  In the morning, the lids are usually stuck together by the secretions that have dried during the night.  As it is caused by a small virus, there is no specific treatment.  Cool compresses and a mild eye drop are all that is needed.  The disease normally lasts 7 to 10 days.

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Eye Fatigue

You may be experiencing Eye Fatigue. Recently one of my staff members asked why after several hours working on the computer her eyes felt tired, tearing and burning. There are several reasons including having the computer screen to close, glare from the screen or perhaps the climate.

What is Pink Eye?

Pink Eye is the common name given to what ophthalmologists call: conjunctivitis. There are two forms of this common, usually harmless but annoying condition.