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Pink Eye Asheville NCWhen school is in session in western North Carolina, parents and students may feel like coming down with the cold or flu is almost inevitable. While getting sick during the school year may not be a foregone conclusion, it does seem that “catching something” is just part of the educational process. Pink Eye is one of the many illnesses that will likely spread through your child’s classrooms and school. We want to help you with what you need to know about pink eye and the differences between it and the symptoms of allergies and colds.

Pink Eye Asheville NC

Pink eye is not in and of itself particularly serious, but it is uncomfortable for the sufferer. Symptoms of pink eye include:

  • Redness
  • Itchy eyes
  • Excessive tears
  • Burning 
  • Puffiness 
  • Sensitivity to light 
  • Blurred vision
  • Thick discharge

Pink eye occurs when the conjunctiva (i.e. the clear tissue that covers the insides of your eyelids and the white part of the eye) becomes inflamed. This can happen when you or your child comes in contact with allergens, irritants, chlorine, or they are exposed to viruses and bacteria. Once you or your child has pink eye, you want to make sure you curb its spread and make yourself more comfortable by:

  • Applying a warm compress to the irritated eyes
  • Avoid touching and scratching the eyes
  • Use glasses instead of contacts
  • Wash your hands
  • See the doctor if symptoms linger or worsen

It’s possible to begin to experience additional symptoms that may include aches and fever-like the flu, so you may want to see a physician. If vision issues linger, make sure you give us a call. Asheville Vision Associates is your trusted eye care facility in the Asheville area.