Pediatric Vision Specialists
Pediatric Optometrist located in Pella, IA
Children often come home from school with sniffles and coughs. Eye symptoms like redness, gunk, or itching could be a sign of the eye equivalent of the common cold: pink eye. At Pediatric Vision Specialists in Pella, Iowa, pediatric specialist Bre Scott, OD, provides gentle care for pink eye symptoms and helps kids return to eye health quickly. Book an appointment for your child by calling the clinic or using the convenient online scheduling tool today.
Pink Eye Q & A
Pink eye, also called conjunctivitis, is an eye condition that looks just like it sounds. If the whites of your child’s eyes are relentlessly red and inflamed, pink eye might be the reason. Pink eye is especially common in kids and can show up in babies.
The underlying cause of pink eye is an infection in the clear membrane on the outside of your eyeball. The viruses and bacteria that cause pink eye are the same kinds that cause colds and other contagious infections. Thankfully, pink eye is usually mild and very easy to treat.
Sometimes, a case of pink eye comes with minor redness or irritation on one or both of your eyes. In other cases, pink eye is worse and the symptoms are harder to manage. Your child’s pink eye might come with:
- A scratchy feeling
- Lots of tears
- Crusting discharge
- Light sensitivity
If your child has any of these symptoms, you should bring them into Pediatric Vision Specialists for a visit with Dr. Bre. Some forms of the condition are very contagious and fast treatment is essential to stopping their spread.
Some cases of pink eye aren’t linked to viruses or bacteria. Your child’s pink eye might have started during allergy season when pollen is thick in the air or because of an allergic reaction to pet dander.
If Dr. Bre finds that your child’s pink eye is related to bacteria or a virus, they likely came into contact with it at school or on the playground. These are the contagious types. Kids often pick them up after touching an infected surface before rubbing their eyes or sharing objects that come close to their eyes, like pillowcases.
When you bring your child to Pediatric Vision Specialists for pink eye, Dr. Bre focuses on relieving the symptoms. Since most cases are caused by viruses, antibiotic medicines won’t clear them. As viral pink eye runs its course, Dr. Bre may recommend:
- Using a cold or warm compress on your child’s eyes
- Using artificial tears
- Keeping your child’s eyelids clean
- Disinfecting surfaces at home
- Washing sheets often
Dr. Bre suggests keeping your child out of school while they recover from pink eye so as not to spread the infection.
If you suspect that your child has pink eye, book a visit to Pediatric Vision Specialists by phone or online today.