Our triage department has decided to update “Current Health Topics” with illnesses for which we have been receiving a high call volume. We feel that this information will be a great resource for our patients and parents. Over the last few weeks we have been receiving numerous calls regarding pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis. Pink eye is a very common eye infection in children. It is also VERY treatable. Pink eye can be caused by allergens, bacteria or viruses. Antibiotic eye drops help ease discomfort caused by pink eye and also help limit its spread. Most often we can treat children over the phone and do not need to see them in the office.

Please contact our triage department if your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Yellow or green discharge or pus in the eye
  • Dried pus on the eyelids and eyelashes, especially likely to be stuck (matted) together following sleep
  • The whites of the eye may have irritation or redness
  • The eyelids are puffy, often from irritation from the infection

Always feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns!

For more information regarding pink eye please visit http://www.cdc.gov/features/conjunctivitis