Conjunctivitis

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Conjunctivitis (Inpatient Care) Care Guide

Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is inflammation of your conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is a thin tissue that covers the front of your eye and the back of your eyelids. The conjunctiva helps protect your eye and keep it moist.

Conjunctivitis

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

RISKS:

You may have a burning, itching, or stinging feeling in your eye when you use eye drops or ointment. Your eye medicine may cause your symptoms, such as eye swelling, to get worse. Your eyes may become sensitive to light. Without treatment, you may get scars or sores in your eye. The swelling in your eye can cause your eyesight to get blurry. You may lose vision completely. The bacteria may spread to other parts of your eye, your sinuses, or the tissues in your brain. This can be life-threatening. Ask your caregiver if you have questions about the risks of conjunctivitis.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

Informed consent

is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.

An IV

is a small tube placed in your vein that is used to give you medicine or liquids.

Medicine:

  • Allergy medicine: This medicine helps decrease itchy, red, swollen eyes caused by allergies. This medicine may be given as a pill, eye drops, or nasal spray.

  • Antibiotics: You may need antibiotics if your conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria. This medicine may be given as a pill, eye drops, or eye ointment.

  • NSAIDs: This medicine may decrease swelling and pain. NSAIDs may also help prevent conjunctivitis from spreading to your other eye. This medicine can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. Always read the medicine label and follow the directions when you use this medicine.

  • Steroid medicine: This medicine helps decrease inflammation. It may be given as a pill, eye drops, or nasal spray.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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