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Oct13

Yikes! Three common eye problems that have you turning off your web cam

Between remote work, virtual school and online happy hours, kids and adults alike are spending more time on the computer lately. You’re not alone if you’re feeling some eye strain and fatigue. But when eye problems turn ugly and have you hiding from your webcam, you might consider a trip to the doctor.

At Indigo Urgent Care, our team sees and treats hundreds, yes – hundreds, of these common eye problems every month.

1. Pink eye

Think it might be pink eye? The first step is to look around. Bacterial and viral pink eye are very contagious, so you may see similar symptoms in others in your household.

Symptoms of pink eye:

  • blurry vision
  • itching
  • redness
  • inflammation
  • watery eyes or pus around your eye

Bacterial pink eye often requires a doctor’s visit ( in person or  online) to get treatment. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotic eyedrops for proper healing and provide other options to help relieve symptoms. 

How long does pink eye last? Viral conjunctivitis will usually clear up in 7 to 14 days without treatmentViral pink eye will generally clear on its own, but it could take a couple weeks to run its course.

If you're experiencing a lot of irritation and discomfort, or your symptoms aren't going away, don't hesitate to consult with a doctor about the best treatment options. 

2. Stye

More common in children, a stye is often caused when an oil gland in the eyelid becomes infected.

Symptoms of a stye:

  • a raised bump on your eyelid
  • eye pain
  • watery eyes
  • swelling
  • sensitivity to light
  • a gritty feeling in your eye

Treat a stye at home by applying clean, warm compresses to the area up to 5 times per day. In case you were thinking about it, please don’t try to “pop” the stye.

Call  your neighborhood Indigo Urgent Care if symptoms don’t improve after a few days. Our providers may be able to prescribe an antibiotic or drain the stye, if needed.

3. Allergies

Allergies aren’t just for springtime. In fact, itchy, red and irritated eyes due to allergies can linger all year long in Washington State (aren’t we lucky?!).

Symptoms of allergies:

  • redness
  • consistently itchy eyes
  • watery eyes
  • burning or dry feeling
  • sensitivity to light
  • may occur in conjunction with sneezing, wheezing or runny nose

Several treatments can help calm your mild or moderate allergy symptoms. If over-the-counter medications aren’t working, an Indigo provider may be able to prescribe an antihistamine or other medications. If symptoms worsen or you are having a severe allergic reaction, visit your nearest emergency room right away.

Fast, friendly care 

The good news is that no matter which of these eye problems you may be facing, Indigo Urgent Care is here to help. You can experience a better way to get better at any of our  convenient locations across the region. Book your appointment online and be seen today so you can get back to virtual connection and showing your friendliest face!

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