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LASIK & Pink Eye

Posted by fasttrack on August 19, 2014

Conjunctivitis is aptly named “pink eye” because the eyes actually look pink, red or bloodshot due to an inflammation of the clear membranes on the white of the eyes and inside the eyelids. This is a highly contagious condition that is easily spread when it is caused by a virus or bacteria.

People of all ages can get pink eye in Greenville. The more you are in contact or close proximity with other people, the greater your risk of contracting pink eye because it can spread through sneezes, coughs or by using an object that was previously used by a person who already has pink eye.

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to prevent pink eye, and you can contract the condition at the most inopportune times. For example, if you have a LASIK procedure scheduled and you contract pink eye, you will have to have the pink eye treated before having LASIK. Your eyes must be healthy to avoid LASIK complications.  

Pink Eye Treatment

Viral conjunctivitis will typically clear up over several days, but bacterial conjunctivitis may require medicated eye drops or ointments. It may take 10 days or more for a bacterial infection to clear up. Dr. Donelson at Donelsom Eye Associates can determine when it is safe to have LASIK after pink eye in Greenville.

Pink Eye Symptoms

Besides red eyes, other symptoms of pink eye include:

  • Excessive eye watering
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Burning and itching
  • Crusty eyelids in the morning
  • Light sensitivity
  • Gritty sensation
  • Yellow discharge

If you are considering LASIK, schedule your free LASIK Consultation at Donelson Eye Associates. Call 864-987-0034 or visit donelsoneye.com. Dr. Donelson will examine your eyes and tell you if your eyes are healthy enough for this amazing vision correction procedure.

Of course, even after successful LASIK, you can still contract pink eye. It’s important to take measures to protect yourself against pink eye, such as:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your eyes
  • Use hand sanitizers
  • Avoid sharing hand towels and personal items
  • Wear goggles when swimming
  • Follow contact lens wear instructions