Treatment for Pink Eye
Within two to five days after the onset of symptoms, about 65% of conjunctivitis cases will resolve without treatment. Antibiotics are unnecessary in most cases.
• Allergic- Cold water poured over the face with the head at a downward inclination can help to constrict the capillaries. Lubricating eye drops can also help to relieve discomfort. Antihistamines and anti-inflammatory medication (non-steroidal) can be used in severe cases.
• Bacterial- Bacterial infections do not need treatment. Antibiotics, ointments and eye drops can be used if no improvement is seen even after three days. Serious effects have not been observed in bacterial Pink eye even if treatment is not taken.
• Viral- Artificial tears and cold compresses can give symptomatic relief. There is no particular treatment that is followed for a viral infection.
• Chemical- Washing the eyes with saline solution or Ringer’s lactate is the method for treating chemical conjunctivitis. Alkali burns are emergencies that require immediate medical attention due to the risk of permanent damage and scarring.