We are currently monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak in our local community. Due to recent CDC, State and American Academy of Ophthalmology guidance for containment of COVID-19, we are cancelling all regular and non-urgent appointments for the immediate future. We apologize very much for the inconvenience. Our office will be contacting you to reschedule your appointment in the coming weeks. Our office remains available for urgent and emergency eyecare at (850)-671-5558.
On behalf of Dr. Brian Sherman and our staff, please stay safe. We will get through this together.
Sincerely,
Brian G. Sherman, M.D.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

Pink eye, the common name for conjunctivitis, is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, the outer, normally clear covering of the sclera, the white part of the eye. The eye appears pink in conjunctivitis because the blood vessels are dilated. Pink eye is often accompanied by a discharge, but vision is usually normal, and discomfort is mild.

Either a bacterial or a viral infection may cause conjunctivitis. Viruses, which are more common and last several weeks, may cause an upper respiratory infection (or cold) at the same time. Unlike viruses, bacterial conjunctivitis is treated with a variety of antibiotic eye drops or ointments, which usually cure the infection in a day or two.

Conjunctivitis can be very contagious. People who have it should not share towels or pillowcases and should wash their hands frequently. They may need to stay home from school or work and should stay out of swimming pools.

Not everyone with conjunctivitis has an infection. Allergies can cause conjunctivitis too. Typically, people with allergic conjunctivitis have itchy eyes, especially in spring and fall. Eyedrops to control itching are used to treat allergic conjunctivitis. It is important not to use medications that contain steroids (they usually end in “-one” or “-dex”) unless prescribed by an ophthalmologist.