Pink Eye Specialist

Emcura Immediate Care

Urgent Care & Walk-In Primary Care located in Bloomfield, MI & Northville, Novi, MI

If you’re suffering from red, teary, or itchy eyes, you might have conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye. The experienced team of medical professionals at Emcura Immediate Care in Bloomfield Hills and Northville Township, Michigan, offer a wide range of convenient urgent care services to treat contagious conditions like pink eye. Call Emcura Immediate Care or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Pink Eye Q & A

What is pink eye?

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, occurs when the transparent conjunctiva in your eye becomes inflamed or infected.

Your conjunctiva covers the white part of your eye and lines your eyelid. This lining contains tiny blood vessels that become more visible when infected or inflamed, leading to the appearance of a pink or reddish eye.

What are the symptoms of pink eye?

Pink eye symptoms can affect one or both of your eyes. In addition to causing eye redness, conjunctivitis symptoms can also include:

  • Itchiness
  • Teary or watery eyes
  • A gritty feeling
  • Eye discharge that can cross your eyes shut overnight

Conjunctivitis is very contagious. To prevent it from spreading, practice good eye hygiene by washing your hands often, using clean towels and washcloths daily, changing your pillowcase frequently, and not sharing eye care items or cosmetics.

What causes pink eye?

Pink eye is usually the result of a viral infection. Additional causes of conjunctivitis include:

  • Bacterial infection
  • Allergies
  • Chemicals or foreign objects in your eye
  • Improperly cleaned contact lenses

When babies develop pink eye, it can also be due to incompletely opened tear ducts.

You can also develop viral or bacterial forms of pink eye when you have a cold or respiratory infection, like strep throat.

How is pink eye diagnosed?

In most cases, your provider at Emcura Immediate Care can diagnose pink eye by performing a physical examination, discussing your symptoms, and reviewing your medical history. During this appointment, your provider works to determine whether your pink eye is the result of a virus, bacteria, allergy, or irritation.

How is pink eye treated?

To ease your eye irritation and discomfort, your provider might recommend any of a variety of treatments, including:

  • Applying a warm or cold compress to your eyes
  • Cleaning your eyelids with a wet cloth
  • Using artificial tears
  • Avoiding contact lenses during treatment
  • Disposing of, replacing, or disinfecting contact lenses

In some cases, your provider might also recommend antiviral medications for viral conjunctivitis. Meanwhile, for bacterial or allergic forms of conjunctivitis, your provider may recommend antibiotic eye drops or special medications to help control allergic reactions.

To learn more about treating pink eye, call Emcura Immediate Care or schedule an appointment online today.