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What is an Eye Cold?

The idea of getting a cold in your eyes might sound strange, but it is possible. This infection is more commonly known as pink eye, or viral conjunctivitis. This eye cold requires specific eye care in order to reduce the amount symptoms that may occur.

There are many different viruses that can cause an eye cold, but bacteria and allergies can also cause conjunctivitis. If you contract an eye cold, be very careful to stay out of contact of co-workers, friends and family members. The viruses that cause eye colds are highly contagious and can be transmitted through direct contact.

If your eyes are bothering you, there are a few symptoms to look out for that an eye cold presents. First is an increase in tearing or redness of the whites of your eyes. You might also experience some inflammation. If inflammation increases, your eyelids will get swollen and more sensitive. In some cases a clear or white discharge is present. If you begin to experience any of these symptoms it is very important that you see a doctor so they can properly diagnose you and provide the proper treatment.

With eye colds, the type of treatment depends on how the cold is caused. Conjunctivitis that is caused by bacteria or a STD is treated with antibiotics. If the eye cold is due to a virus, this cold is treated like a common cold and lasts about a week, however, viral conjunctivitis is very contagious. If you wear contacts, do not wear them during this time and switch to glasses. It is best to throw away the contacts worn while having pinkeye and get new ones. Also, don’t wear any eye makeup and chances are you will have to throw those away as well. Again, the three things we recommend are:

  • Do not wear eye make-up.
  • Wear glasses instead of contacts.
  • Throw away the contacts and eye make-up used during cold.

If you experience any of the above symptoms please schedule an appointment with one of our eye care specialists to provide you with the proper diagnosis and treatment.