The mild winter and early spring in Pittsburgh have been one for the record books. While this might sound like a welcome change for many, it’s also resulted in an early high allergy season and an uptick in cases of conjunctivitis, or pink eye.
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, the thin, clear layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including viruses, bacteria, allergens, and irritants.
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Our bodies produce tears to keep our eyes lubricated, and to help remove any foreign bodies. But when the body produces too many tears, or tear drainage is affected, the result is excessively watery eyes. While not necessarily harmful, watery eyes can be troublesome and irritating. Thankfully, this condition can usually be treated quickly and effectively.
Watery eyes are characterized by an excess of tears, which can give the eyes a glassy look, and may result in tears running or dripping from the eyes.
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Spring has sprung and the buds are ready to burst. For some individuals it means watery eyes and eye infections! It’s that time of the year, the time when the weather becomes warmer, you want to get outside and all the plants and trees start to bloom. As spring approaches learn how to help prevent watery eye symptoms and avoid eye infections.
Among eye infections associated with allergies, pink eye is one the most common. Pink eye or conjunctivitis is inflammation of the thin, clear covering of the white of… Continue reading
Contact lenses – you either love them or can’t wear them. If you are a contact lens wearer you have more than likely noticed how far we have come in the development of contact lenses since you started using them. Perhaps you have also been guilty of ignoring the wearing and care instructions from your optometrist. In a recent study 99% of people admitted they practiced at least one bad habit with their contact lenses and that puts them at a higher risk for eye infections.
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The 2019 – 2020 flu season is in full swing with the flu and conjunctivitis often going hand in hand. Experts are predicting epidemic levels of cold and flu will continue during peak flu season. It seems like everywhere you turn, someone is sick. For those individuals who received a flu shot your symptoms may not be quite as severe. Nonetheless, proper handwashing can be the key to not spreading those nasty germs.
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Experts are predicting epidemic levels of cold and flu during the upcoming season. It seems like everywhere you turn, someone is sick. For those individuals who received a flu shot your symptoms may not be quite as severe, but we’ve also learned that the flu shot may not be as effective in 2015.
When we think of the flu, things such as body aches, fever, and stomach viruses come to mind but flu season may also bring an unexpected surprise in the form of conjunctivitis most commonly referred to as… Continue reading