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Pink Eye Specialist

InFocus Urgent Care

Urgent Care located in Ewing Township, New Brunswick, & West Windsor, NJ

Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is a common and treatable eye condition. If your eyes are red, swollen, itching, and burning, call InFocus Urgent Care or simply go to one of their three convenient New Jersey locations – Ewing Township, New Brunswick, and West Windsor – to have your infection diagnosed and treated.

Pink Eye Q & A

What causes pink eye?

Common causes of pink eye include:

  • Viral: often accompanied by an upper respiratory tract infection, cold, or a sore throat
  • Bacterial: a common reason for children to stay home sick from school
  • Allergic: caused by reactions to pollen, dust mites, molds, or animal dander
  • Irritants: including contact lenses and lens solutions, swimming in an over-chlorinated pool, smog, and cosmetics

Determining the cause of your conjunctivitis often proves difficult because the signs and symptoms are similar, regardless of the underlying cause.

How is pink eye diagnosed?

The medical staff at InFocus Urgent Care will diagnose you with pink eye by asking questions about your symptoms and recent health history to determine what is affecting you. You also undergo a physical examination of your eyes.

How is pink eye treated?

Once diagnosed with pink eye, the team at InFocus Urgent Care recommends the proper course of treatment based on your symptoms. Because the only form of pink eye treatable with antibiotics is bacterial, it’s best to start with:

Eye compresses

Soak a clean cloth in cool or warm water. Be sure to wring it out before gently applying it to your closed eyelids. It’s important that you separate these compresses for each eye to prevent cross-contamination.

Eye drops

Artificial tears — either with or without antihistamines — or other medications help relieve pink eye symptoms.

Stop wearing contact lenses

If you're a contact lens wearer, stop wearing them until your eyes feel better, and be sure to clean them thoroughly before you use them again. If you use disposable contacts, throw them out along with the case and get a new pair.

How is pink eye prevented?

Because viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are both highly contagious and spread quickly, it’s important to take steps to limit exposure. The InFocus Urgent Care team recommends:

  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes
  • If you’ve been in contact with your eyes or the eyes, hands, clothes, or linens of an infected person, wash your hands immediately
  • Don’t share towels, blankets, or pillowcases
  • Clean your eyeglasses
  • Keep all makeup and brushes to yourself

Once you’ve recovered from pink eye, be sure to throw away the makeup and applicators you used while infected to avoid reinfection.

If irritation has you rubbing and scratching your eyes, call today or go straight to one of InFocus Urgent Care’s three convenient locations to have your pink eye diagnosed and treated.