Eye infections and inflammation are fairly common, and can occur in any age group, and for a variety of reasons. The term “conjunctivitis” (also known as “pink eye”) refers to inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the clear membrane that covers the white of the eye. There are three broad groups of conjunctivitis:
- Viral Conjunctivitis
- Bacterial Conjunctivitis
- Allergic Conjunctivitis
Only an eye doctor can correctly determine what type of conjunctivitis you may have, and properly treat it. Each condition requires separate and distinct eye drops.
Sometimes the wrong medicine can make the condition worse. For example, anti-inflammatory drops can allow a viral corneal infection to leave permanent scarring and decreased vision. So please, do not try to diagnose a red eye by yourself.
If you think you have an eye infection or inflammation, schedule an appointment today so Dr.
Alden can give you the right medicine for the right condition. Call our Casper office at (307) 472-2020.