Health Alert

Health Alert - Conjunctivitis

We’ve been seeing an increased incidence of conjunctivitis (pink eye). This is what you should know: 

Conjunctivitis also known as pink eye is an infection of the membrane covering the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. It can be caused by viruses or bacteria. It is seen commonly in people who have colds and people who wear contact lenses. It is very contagious, generally spread by hands touching infected eye(s) and then touching surfaces (furniture, door knobs, telephones, etc.).

Symptoms 
  • Stinging
  • Itching
  • Reddening 
  • Increased tears and/or discharge which is sticky or crusted when you wake up 
  • Vision may be blurry in affected eye(s) because of the discharge 
Treatment 
  • If we believe the infection may be bacterial, you will receive a prescription for antibiotic drops or ointment to be used four times a day, until two days after symptoms are gone. 
  • Warm compresses to closed eyes, 5-10 minutes, done just before the antibiotic, can also be soothing.
  • Do no use contact lenses until 2 days after completion of the eye drops. 
  • If your symptoms worsen or do not clear within 5 days of starting treatment, call us for follow-up care. 

Prevention 

  • Don't let others use your wash cloth, towels, pillow or eye makeup
  • Avoid touching your eyes
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Throw out contaminated eye makeup
  • Throw out or disinfect lenses, per lenses instructions
  • Boil cases in hot water for 5 minutes.
Get Medical Care  

If you believe you have pink eye, you can call us at (603) 862-2856 to speak with a nurse or make an appointment online