The office of Shannon Chandler, O.D. and Lesa Davis, O.D., is equipped with the technology and knowledgeable staff to treat a wide variety of vision ailments and infections, such as keratitis and conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye. Patients who suffer from eye keratitis or conjunctivitis should receive treatment as quickly as possible to avoid the risk of irreversible damage to the eye or vision. Pink eye can be caused by viruses, allergens, bacteria, a foreign body lodged in the eye, or even chemicals. As an example, wearing contact lenses overnight can result in a buildup of bacteria, which could result in pink eye. Our Las Vegas eye doctors therefore recommend removing contact lenses every night to avoid unnecessary complications.
There are a large number of viruses that can cause conjunctivitis. Viral pink eye is highly contagious. Patients with the condition should stay away from public places like work or school to avoid spreading the virus. The viral form of pink eye can result in large outbreaks. The bacterial form is more common and less contagious. The bacterial form of pink eye is more common in children than adults; it is one of the leading causes of children being sent home from school. If you believe that your child is suffering from pink eye, call our Las Vegas NV dry eye doctor immediately to schedule an appointment.
There are also non-contagious forms of pink eye, which are caused by allergens and irritants. Allergens can cause a reaction in the body resulting in pink eye; non-contagious pink eye is generally caused by common allergens such as mold, weed, plants, pet dander and others. Allergen-caused pink eye can occur seasonally or throughout the entire year in some patients. Our Las Vegas eye doctors can treat pink eye immediately with eye drops, medications and other easy and gentle treatments. For more information on how we can provide effective eye care of your family, please call our office today.