Red or Pink Eye(s)

Pink or red eye is a very common condition that can occur in infants to seniors. Pink eye is a condition where the white of the eye becomes pink or red due to inflammation or infection. This can be caused by many different conditions including a bacterial infection, a viral infection, dry eye syndrome, blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids), allergies, narrow angle glaucoma, contact lens overwear, a burst blood vessel in the white of the eye, injury, etc.

Symptoms of Pink/Red Eye 

  • Redness of the Eye
  • Watering or Tearing
  • Pain
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Foreign Body Sensation
  • Purulent Discharge from the Eye
  • Reduced Vision
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Itching
  • Burning

Treatment for pink eye depends on the cause of why the eye is turning red. Our doctors see hundreds of red eyes a year and it is important to determine the cause of why the eye is red. Our doctors use a slit lamp biomicrope to evaluate the conjunctiva, cornea, eyelids, tear film, anterior chamber and retina to diagnose the problem.

Bacterial and viral red eyes may be contagious and it is important that our doctors inform the patient of how to help avoid spreading the condition to others in their family and work. Our doctors use the Rapid Pathogen Screening Test to identify the cases of adenoviral infections which are extremely infectious. This test is a quick in office test where the tear fluid is collected from the effect eye and then tested. This test takes ten minutes to know the results. If a patient is positive for an adenoviral infection then extensive counseling on infection control is needed and treatment to try and resolve the condition quicker may be needed.


Schedule an Appointment Today

Our doctors have emergency appointments open everyday to work in patients with red eyes or other eye problems. If you have a red eye, please call our office at 765-348-2020 to schedule an appointment today. If you have a problem or emergency after hours or on weekends, please call the office and you will be given the phone numbers for the doctors on call.