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VIEWS FOR 20/20 by Dr. Mark Skowron INFLAMED RED EYES "Conjunctivitis," which is often popularly referred to as "pink eye," is an inflammation or swelling of the "conjunctiva" (the thin transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye). This inflammation or infection is especially common among children. When it occurs, it is important to note that "allergic conjunctivitis" is different from "infective conjunctivitis," which is highly contagious. Allergic conjunctivitis usually occurs as a result of an individual's eyes coming into contact with an "allergen," a substance that makes the body's immune system overreact. Possible irritants include pollen and other airborne irritants. Treatment largely consists of avoiding the irritant and rubbing the eyes, as well as taking over-the-counter antihistamines. Practicing good hygiene is the best way to prevent conjunctivitis from spreading. Clean your hands thoroughly and often and don't touch your eyes with your hands. Although conjunctivitis is typically a minor condition, sometimes it can develop into a more severe issue. If you have signs of conjunctivitis, schedule an exam with your optometrist. When you need to schedule an eye exam, please contact SKOWRON EYE CARE. Our showroom is stocked with the latest and greatest trends in budget and designer eyewear. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision. P.S. The most commonly prescribed antihistamine eye drops include azelastine, emedastine, and ketotifen, which are applied to the eyes two or three times a day. SKOWRON EYE CARE 370 N. York, Elmhurst, IL 60126 630-834-6244 www.skowroneyecare.com VIEWS FOR 20/20 by Dr. Mark Skowron INFLAMED RED EYES "Conjunctivitis," which is often popularly referred to as "pink eye," is an inflammation or swelling of the "conjunctiva" (the thin transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye). This inflammation or infection is especially common among children. When it occurs, it is important to note that "allergic conjunctivitis" is different from "infective conjunctivitis," which is highly contagious. Allergic conjunctivitis usually occurs as a result of an individual's eyes coming into contact with an "allergen," a substance that makes the body's immune system overreact. Possible irritants include pollen and other airborne irritants. Treatment largely consists of avoiding the irritant and rubbing the eyes, as well as taking over-the-counter antihistamines. Practicing good hygiene is the best way to prevent conjunctivitis from spreading. Clean your hands thoroughly and often and don't touch your eyes with your hands. Although conjunctivitis is typically a minor condition, sometimes it can develop into a more severe issue. If you have signs of conjunctivitis, schedule an exam with your optometrist. When you need to schedule an eye exam, please contact SKOWRON EYE CARE. Our showroom is stocked with the latest and greatest trends in budget and designer eyewear. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision. P.S. The most commonly prescribed antihistamine eye drops include azelastine, emedastine, and ketotifen, which are applied to the eyes two or three times a day. SKOWRON EYE CARE 370 N. York, Elmhurst, IL 60126 630-834-6244 www.skowroneyecare.com