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What is Pink Eye/Conjunctivitis?
Pink eye is the common name for a condition in which the conjunctiva, the clear covering of the eye, becomes inflamed and takes on a pink or reddish appearance. Often, this is accompanied by other reddish inflammation in the eyelids, which increases the pink appearance of the eye. Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is one of the most common conditions our eye doctors see. Conjunctivitis sends many people to the optometrist every year, but the causes of these cases can be different. There are three main forms of conjunctivitis, caused by viruses, bacteria, and allergic reactions.

Viral conjunctivitis is very contagious and can be spread by coughing or sneezing. For this reason, it is very common in areas where people gather, such as colleges and schools. Small children, daycare workers, and teachers may be more prone to contracting these infections because children do not yet know how to avoid spreading germs.

Allergic conjunctivitis is an eye inflammation caused by an allergic reaction to substances like pollen or mold spores.Underneath your eyelids you have a membrane called the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is susceptible to irritation from allergens, especially during hay fever season.

Bacterial conjunctivitis is also contagious, but it tends to require direct contact with the infected person's eye or items that have been on the eye. Allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious. There are also situations where a person's eyes may become pink and inflamed from environmental causes, such as chemical exposure, excessive dust, and dirt in the air, or very dry air.
What do we look for for during Your Eye Exam?
Aside from the pink and sometimes swollen appearance of the eye, there are several symptoms we will look for:
• Itching
• Watering
• Sensitivity to light
• Discharge
• Burning

The different types of pink eye present slightly differently in most cases. Viral pink eye usually involves itchiness, excessive tearing, and sensitivity to light. Bacterial pink eye is usually accompanied by a discharge. Allergic conjunctivitis is the most likely to cause a burning sensation, as well as be accompanied by sneezing and a runny or stuffed-up nose.

When our eye doctors at Redmond Optometry have determined which type of pink eye you likely have, he or she will prescribe treatment appropriate to the cause:
• Treatment for a viral pink eye is usually time and a cold wet washcloth to reduce discomfort.
• Treatment for allergic conjunctivitis is usually taking steps to treat the allergies.
• Treatment for a bacterial pink eye is usually antibiotic eye drops or ointment.
The eye doctors and staff at Dana Kindberg Optometry Provide
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Dana Kinberg Optometrist    

Redmond Town Center
Monday 10:00-6:00
Tuesday 10:00-6:00
Wednesday 10:00-6:00
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Friday 10:00-6:00
Saturday 10:00-6:00
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Overlake Plaza
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More than your average eye appointment, we take a complete approach to your family’s eye care needs. Dr. Kindberg understands that the eyes are the window to a person’s overall health. So, during your exam, you can expect us to look for and monitor for signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, and other systemic diseases. Dana's caring and compassionate demeanor, puts her patients at ease, while her expertise and knowledge ensure excellent patient care. Dr. Kindberg is committed to adhering to the clinic’s core values of excellent medical eye care and each patient’s best vision.

We take the time to not only understand your eye health and visual needs, but also your general health, lifestyle, and dietary habits. We think you’ll find our unique approach to your health a refreshing change.

Schedule your Eye Health and Vision appointment today with one of our experienced eye care providers inside LensCrafters at our Overlake Plaza or Redmond Town Center in our Redmond, Washington locations. You deserve a complete approach to health and vision care.

Overlake Plaza 2040 148th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98052 Phone: (425) 641-9202 Fax: (425) 641-9204
Redmond Town Center 7330 164th Ave NE Suite E150 Redmond, WA 98052 Phone: (425) 869-2337 Fax: (425) 376-2627

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