Pinkeye runs rampant during youth, thanks to kids’ enthusiasm for touching everything they can get their hands on and their reluctance to wash their hands afterward. Could your child’s eye problem be pinkeye? Here are the signs to watch out for:
Conjunctivitis, the medical name for pinkeye, causes redness all over the white of the eye and on the inner eyelid. This redness is one of the first signs of pinkeye and often develops overnight. Although redness is closely associated with pinkeye, it is a non-specific symptom that could be associated with other eye issues, from allergies to irritation. That’s why your eye doctor will consider the other symptoms that appeared along with the redness before they decide if your child has pinkeye.
With pinkeye, your child will probably complain that his or her eye feels uncomfortable. Although pain isn’t common with pinkeye, your child may feel like something is caught in his or her eye, or the eye may feel itchy.
Swelling and Discharge
Pinkeye causes a discharge that may make your child’s eyelids stick together overnight. Additionally, the eyelids may swell up, narrowing his or her field of vision. Both of these symptoms are especially prominent in the morning when your child first gets up, but they can be present throughout the day.
Does your child have pinkeye? Only an eye doctor can say for sure. With our $18 eye exams at Wize Eyes, you can find out for sure what is causing your child’s eye issues. You can also turn to us for great deals on fashionable eyeglasses, contacts, transitions lenses, and much more. Call (516) 358-0040 to earn about our eyeglass and contact services and to get directions to any of our six Long Island eyeglass store locations.