Is It A Stye Or Pink Eye?

Dr. Jim Martin 08/22/2016

pink-eye.pngThough most people know what pink eye looks like, few can differentiate between it and other eye conditions. In particular, people often confuse pink eye with a stye. There is a substantive difference between the two conditions that everyone should understand.

A Look At A Stye

A stye manifests in the form of a red lump along the outer portion of the eyelid. The typical stye is formed when staphlococcal bacteria infects glands on your eyelid. This lump is usually quite sore. Warm compresses can help soften the material within the infected lump and help the body kill the offending bacteria, and aid draining of the stye. A stye does not cause vision impairment, but is somewhat contagious. Avoid sharing pillowcases, bedsheets, washcloths and towels to prevent infecting others. Also, keep your hands and eyes clean at all times. Learn how to treat s stye.

Symptoms Of Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis, commonly called pink eye, can occur for a variety of reasons. In some instances, an individual experiences pink eye as a result of a bacterial infection. In other instances, pink eye is caused by a viral infection. Readers should be aware that both types of infections are highly contagious. Even an allergic reaction has the potential to cause pink eye.

If one of your eyes has a pink or red hue, you might have pink eye. This change in color is a result of the inflammation of the eye's conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin, film-like membrane that covers the inner portion of the eyelid as well as the white segment of the eye. Other signs of pink eye include the presence of tears and/or discharges. In many instances, the onset of pink eye makes the patient uncomfortable and itchy. If a viral infection is the cause of pink eye, the patient might also suffer from a sore throat, runny nose and/or a fever.

How To Combat Pink Eye

If you or your child has contagious pink eye or if you suspect the presence of pink eye, it is important to avoid human contact.  Seek care with your eyecare doctor.  Staying home from work or school will help prevent the infection from spreading to others. It can wreak havoc on co-workers or classmates if the afflicted individual refuses to isolate themselves. Once the discharges and tearing from the eye stops, the patient can return to work/school.

If you are concerned you or your child has a stye or pink eye, visit Broome Optical for a diagnosis right away.

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