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Conjunctivitis

Suffering From Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye/Red Eye)? We Can Help Alleviate Your Symptoms

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Most Canadians have had first-hand experience with conjunctivitis. Known colloquially as “pink eye” or “red eye”, conjunctivitis has many causes and thus has many different methods of treatment. If you are experiencing conjunctivitis, we invite you to visit our office where we can provide prompt diagnosis and treatment of your symptoms.

Pink eye is very common, especially among kids in academic settings. Certain versions of pink eye (namely, the versions caused by bacteria or viruses) can spread rapidly, especially in settings where personal hygiene is less than stellar. In a classroom, it’s not uncommon to see several kids come down with pink eye simultaneously.

Visit Us For Fast Diagnosis of Your Conjunctivitis

There are multiple causes of conjunctivitis, and the treatment for its symptoms vary depending on the cause. Visit us for an eye exam (see also: eye exams for kids) for a fast diagnosis of your pink eye and quick relief of its symptoms.

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More Information About Conjunctivitis

If you currently have conjunctivitis that has not improved after 3-5 days, we recommend visiting us for a diagnosis. Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are both extremely contagious. Taking active steps to reduce the spread of pathogens, such as washing your hands frequently (and especially after touching your eyes), can make a big difference in the frequency of infection.

There are three main causes of conjunctivitis:

  • Environmental causes – smoke, dust, pollen, dander, etc.
  • Chemical – Shampoos, soaps, cleaning products, etc.
  • Pathogenic – Certain types of viruses and bacteria

The main symptom conjunctivitis presents is a redness of the cornea and surrounding eye tissue. This is where it has earned its nickname “pink eye”. Other symptoms include:

  • An itching or scratching sensation in the eyes
  • A burning sensation in one or both eyes
  • Excessive eye watering
  • Light sensitivity
  • Redness of the eye, eyelid, or surrounding tissue

A standard eye exam is generally sufficient to diagnose conjunctivitis. If your case of pink eye is quite significant, we may request follow ups and lab work on the secretion samples.

Treatments vary depending on the cause of conjunctivitis.

  • Viral conjunctivitis – generally left to run its course, as viruses do not respond to antibiotics
  • Bacterial conjunctivitis – antibiotics will be prescribed for bad cases, most will simply run their course
  • Environmental conjunctivitis – we can help you identify the cause so that you can remove it from your life as much as possible

Mild cases of conjunctivitis can be handled at home using home remedies. Keep kids at home if they develop pink eye and come visit us if it doesn’t start to clear on its own after a few days.

A warm compress will loosen any discharge and relieve the area. Ensure that you use a different compress for each eye; using the same compress will pass pathogens back and forth.

Location & Hours

You can find us in the River East Plaza, between Safeway and Booster Juice, and across from Tim Hortons.
We have plenty of parking available on-site.

Location

Unit 1B - 1439 Henderson Hwy
Winnipeg, MB R2G 1N3
Tel: (204) 582-2308
Fax: (204) 339-1272
E-mail: info@hendersonvision.com

Office Hours

Monday-Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 7pm
Friday: 9am - 4:30pm
Saturday: 9am - 3pm (except for long weekends and July/August)
Sunday: Closed

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