Prognosis for Pinkeye?
Is pinkeye usually accompanied by matter in the eyes? We have "gunk" in the eyes but not much redness.
"Pinkeye" is a term used for common eye infections, and yes, it's not unusual to have a thick or crusty discharge with it.
Some cases of pinkeye result from infection by an adenovirus. With this or any other viral infection, the discharge from the eye is usually watery and thin. It can't be treated with medications - but it often helps to bathe the eye with a sterile saline solution. The problem usually goes away on its own within a few days.
Bacterial eye infections will emit a thicker, pus-like discharge that can crust over and make it hard for you to open your eyes in the morning. They may feel scratchy or burning and the lids may be moderately swollen. Antibiotics, like sulfacetamide sodium 10 percent drops or gentamicin 0.3 percent (used over seven to ten days) are the usual treatment.
Eye infections are extremely contagious, and are spread easily from fingers to eyes. In general, ways to avoid infecting the other eye or others in the family include:
Wash hands frequently
Discard anything that has been used near the eye, such as makeup
Wash any clothing touched by the infected eyes, including towels, clothes, and pillowcases
Don't share towels
Avoid rubbing the eye
Your doctor can help you diagnose the problem and prescribe an antibiotic solution if it's a bacterial infection. With either condition, it may be helpful and soothing to gently clean the edges of the eyelids every now and then with a moist towel or cotton ball.
You can also get eye irritations from allergies, air pollution, and the bright reflection of snow, or a sun lamp. Moderate to severe eye pain - an infection that lasts longer than a few days - and visual disturbances could all indicate a more serious problem. If any of these occur, be sure to consult a physician.