Pink Eye Information You Should Know

If you’re here, you’re searching for pink eye data. Well, the great news is that you have come to the correct place! Let’s begin with the fundamentals….

Pink eye is dreadfully irritating and very contagious in many cases. With over three million reported cases  annually, pink eye is additionally one among the most common eye conditions in both kids and adults. Lucky for all people, it’s among the most easily treatable. Based on the underlying cause, official treatment strategies aren’t always necessary but strongly recommended.

This pink eye information can help you learn more about what it is, as well as how it can be prevented and treated. This pink eye information isn’t meant to assume the place of medical intervention, and that we often suggest erring on the side of caution by consulting a doctor if any signs or symptoms of pink eye arise in you or your kids.

What is Pink Eye?

First, let’s being by explaining specifically what pink eye is. “Pink Eye” is the unofficial term for the medical condition Conjunctivitis, which is inflammation in the mucous membrane. The Conjunctiva are thin, clear tissue lining the inner a part of} the eyelid and covering the white part of the eye.

If the blood vessels during this are become inflamed they then become a lot of visible, which gives your eyes a pink-reddish look. The affected eye(s) could also be painful, scratchy or have a burning sensation. The eyes may also tear or have a discharge that forms a crust throughout sleep, thereby  causing the eyes to be “stuck shut” within the morning.

Still curious precisely what pink eye is? We invite you to contact us directly and we can explain in more detail.

Common Causes of Pink Eye

There are several common causes of pink eye. Two of the most common causes of pink eye are:

  1. Bacterial or viral infections passed through direct contact, air or water
  2. Exposure to and allergic reactions from irritants

 Pinpointing the exact causes of pink eye may be difficult because the signs and symptoms tend to be similar regardless of the underlying cause.

It is important to understand that a wide variety of viruses can cause Viral Conjunctivitis. This is why it can occur alongside upper respiratory tract infections, colds, and sore throats.

  • Bacterial Conjunctivitis is caused by infection of the eye with bacteria such as that from a staph infection, strep throat or pneumonia. Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are very contagious, which means they are spread easily between people.
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis can be caused by pollen, mold, animal dander and insects like dust mites. It can also be caused by irritants like contact lenses and contact lens solutions, swimming pool chemicals like chlorine, smog or tainted cosmetics. Unlike viral and bacterial conjunctivitis, allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious.

Preventing Pink Eye

Specific steps you can take for preventing pink eye depend on whether Conjunctivitis is bacterial or allergen related. However, some general tips for preventing pink eye include:

  • Do not share items like towels, tissues and washcloths
  • Be sure to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and do not rub or touch your eyes
  • Do not share color contact lenses or special effect contacts with anyone
  • Frequently wash your hands, especially when spending time in a school or public place
  • Use hand disinfectant (like Purell) frequently
  • Clean surfaces more then one person uses including countertops, bathroom vanities, faucet handles and phones with safe antiseptic cleaner
  • Ask your doctor what you can do to minimize Allergic Conjunctivitis before symptoms occur during allergy season
  • Always follow your eye doctor’s instructions for contact lens care and replacement, and always use contact lens solutions properly or look into switching to daily disposable contacts
  • Wear swim goggles in the pool to protect yourself from any type of bacteria or micro-organisms that can cause conjunctivitis through water transmission
  • Remove your contact lenses to avoid trapping bacteria between your eyes and the lenses before you shower, use a pool or hot tub, or any public body of water

These are just a few ways you can go about preventing pink eye. Of course, what pink eye is makes it one of those things that seems to appear at school or work every year somewhere.

When this happens, there is only so much you can do to prevent it. If you or your children begin showing signs of Bacterial Conjunctivitis, it is fine to consult readily available pink eye information like this, but we strongly recommend:

  • Consulting a medical professional directly
  • Checking out of of school or work immediately, and remaining out until a medical professional recommends returning
  • Alerting the school(s) or workplace that Conjunctivitis transmission might have taken place

As we discussed in the Common Causes of Pink Eye Section above, what pink eye is makes it very normal. There should be no shame or fear in alerting people to it if it is indeed bacterial. if it is allergen based, there is no fear of transmission.

Preventing Conjunctivitis Eye Infection Recurrence

A Conjunctivitis eye infection can easily reoccur if you do not take preventative steps to help ensure otherwise. Some ways to prevent Conjunctivitis eye infection recurrence include:

  • Throwing away any exposed eye and face makeup or applicators
  • Discarding any exposed contact lens solutions
  • Disposing any exposed contact lenses and cases
  • Clean any eyeglasses and cases you might have used

If you have any questions about preventing Conjunctivitis eye infection recurrence that we did not touch on here, we welcome you to contact us so we can answer them for you!


The Best Optometrists in North Phoenix

When you choose Tatum EyeCare for you vision health and fashion needs, you are choosing optometrists in North Phoenix who are invested in our clients and community. We are happy to answer any other questions you have about pink eye, or to schedule your appointment with one of our optometrists today. We’ve proudly served the Valley of the Sun for over 20 years. Stop in to view our extensive eyewear collection, and see for yourself how Tatum EyeCare reframes customer service and optical expertise for everyone!

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Dr. Bryan Fuller

Dr. Bryan Fuller of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. Fuller grew up in Issaquah, Washington and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University. He decided to ditch the calculator and trade it in for a phoropter and slit lamp. He headed east to The Ohio State University where he received his Optometry degree in 1998. Go Bucks! Not wanting to return to the gray of Washington, after graduation, he headed southwest to sunny Arizona. Shortly thereafter he met Dr. McPhelan and they partnered up at their original location, Optical Illusions. With the success of the first location, the two doctors opened up their north location, Optique at the Ridge. After many years of operating the two locations, it was time for an upgrade. In 2016 they merged the two locations into their larger and current location, Tatum Eyecare! When not at the office, Dr. Fuller enjoys spending his free time with his amazing wife and two boys. Dr. Fuller holds the following degrees:

Ohio State University - Doctorate of Optometry
Washington State University - B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Dr. James McPhelan

Dr. James McPhelan of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. McPhelan grew up in Southern California and enlisted in the Army at age 17. He graduated from Southern California College of Optometry in 1976, then started practicing optometry in Arizona in 1977. Over the next few years, he grew 20/20 Eye Care to 15 offices. In 1999, he and Dr. Fuller took over Optical Illusions, then opened Optique at the Ridge. In 2016, they created Tatum Eyecare. In his spare time, Dr. McPhelan is an avid golfer, often competing in multiple tournaments through the year. Dr. McPhelan holds the following degrees:

Southern California College of Optometry - Doctorate of Optometry

Dr. Houle

Dr. Houle
Dr. Houle is following in her father's footsteps as an optometrist. She is a North Dakota native who received her Bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota before earning her Doctorate of Optometry from Midwestern University - Arizona College of Optometry. Dr. Houle began her career in eye care more than 10 years ago, and she worked as a receptionist, optician, and technician before becoming an optometrist. She has a particular interest in the management of ocular disease including dry eye and glaucoma. In her free time, Dr. Houle is an avid baseball fan (go Twins!) and spends as much time as possible with her friends and family in both Arizona and North Dakota.

Midwestern University – Arizona College of Optometry - Doctorate of Optometry
University of North Dakota - Bachelor of Science: Biology

Dr. Kenneth O'Daniel

Dr. Kenneth O'Daniel of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. O’Daniel was born in the beautiful mountains of Waynesville, North Carolina and grew up in Dayton, Ohio. He attended Wright State University and graduated with his BS in Biology in 1977; shortly thereafter, beginning his Masters in BioChemistry.

Dr. O’Daniel is also a 1983 graduate of the Illinois College Optometry. He met his wife Lori during this period. Lori, a Chicago native, became an integral part of his practice (and life!) shortly thereafter.
He moved to Scottsdale in 1986 to begin practicing inside LensCrafters. In 1990 Dr. O'Daniel opened the Scottsdale LensCrafters, and he also presided as its director of Optometric services.
Dr. O’Daniel became an Optometrist because of his love and passion for photography, physics, and desire provide patients with the ability to see the world more clearly. As a licensed optometrist, Dr. O’Daniel provides complete eye care services for the surrounding communities ages seven and up.
Dr. O’Daniel has had a working relationship with both Dr. Fuller and McPhellan for over two decades. He has served as past director for the Arizona Optometric Association, and past President of the Central Arizona Optometric Society. In January, 2018 Dr. O’Daniel decided to join Tatum Eye Care, the premier Eye Care Center in Phoenix and Scottsdale.
Dr. O’Daniel’s goal is simple: Provide Excellent Eye Care, treat patients as family, and treat everyone honestly and fairly!

Dr. Christina Wong

Dr. Christina Wong of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
A southern California native, Dr. Wong attended UCLA where she received her B.S. in Biology. She then completed her Doctorate of Optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Wong moved to Arizona to complete a residency in ocular disease at Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital on the Gila River Indian Reservation. Following residency, Dr. Wong earned the distinction of Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Wong provides comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages, from pediatrics through seniors. She has a special interest in the management of medical eye conditions including glaucoma, eye infections, dry eye and diabetic retinopathy.
Outside of the office, Dr. Wong enjoys running, going to the beach, rooting for the Bruins, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.
University of California Los Angeles - B.S. in Biology
Southern California College of Optometry - Doctorate of Optometry

Dr. Ryan Felten

Dr. Felten of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. Felten is a native to Arizona, and was raised in North Phoenix where most of his family still resides. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University; then returned home to Arizona to pursue his Doctor of Optometry at Midwestern University in Glendale. While at Midwestern University, he was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society and was the recipient of the Clinical Excellence Award in Pediatrics and Vision Therapy. Dr. Felten enjoys working with patients of all ages and also speaks fluent Spanish. Dr. Felten holds the following degrees:

Brigham Young University - Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Midwestern University - Doctorate of Optometry