Eye Issues: Understanding Pink Eye and Corneal Abrasions at Valley Urgent Care

Eye issues, such as pink eye (conjunctivitis) and corneal abrasions, can cause discomfort and affect your vision. Prompt evaluation and appropriate care are essential in managing these conditions effectively. At Valley Urgent Care, we recognize the importance of addressing eye issues promptly to alleviate symptoms and prevent potential complications.

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis): Causes and Symptoms

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin membrane that covers the white part of the eye and lines the inner surface of the eyelids. It can be caused by viral or bacterial infections, allergies, or irritants. Symptoms include redness, itching, tearing, and a gritty sensation.

Corneal Abrasions: Understanding Eye Surface Injuries

A corneal abrasion refers to a scratch or injury on the clear, protective surface of the eye known as the cornea. It can occur due to foreign objects, contact lenses, or rubbing the eye excessively. Symptoms may include eye pain, sensitivity to light, tearing, and blurred vision.

Differentiating Between Pink Eye and Corneal Abrasions

Distinguishing between pink eye and corneal abrasions is crucial, as their treatments differ. Our medical team will conduct a comprehensive eye examination to determine the exact issue and provide appropriate care.

Treatment Options for Pink Eye

The treatment for pink eye will depend on its cause. Bacterial conjunctivitis may require antibiotic eye drops or ointments, while viral conjunctivitis often resolves on its own. Allergic conjunctivitis can be managed with antihistamine eye drops or oral medications.

Managing Corneal Abrasions

For corneal abrasions, our medical team will ensure the eye is protected from further injury and provide specific treatments, such as antibiotic eye drops or artificial tears, to promote healing and reduce discomfort.

Preventive Measures and Eye Care

Practicing good eye hygiene, avoiding eye irritants, and not rubbing the eyes excessively can help prevent both pink eye and corneal abrasions. If you wear contact lenses, following proper lens care and handling instructions is essential.

If you are experiencing symptoms of pink eye or suspect a corneal abrasion, Valley Urgent Care is here to provide expert eye care and support. Contact us or visit our clinic for immediate evaluation and personalized treatment. Our experienced medical team is dedicated to helping you find relief from eye issues and improving your ocular health. Your vision is our priority, and we are committed to assisting you in managing and overcoming eye-related discomfort effectively.