Conjunctivitis or conjunctiva inflammation is a very widespread eye disease. Often, the term “pink eye” is also used for conjunctivitis. Conjunctiva is a transparent and smooth mucous membrane that covers the liner and the inner surface of the eyelid.
Inflammation appears in many forms: from mild redness, increased tearing, acute inflammation to long-term problems associated with tear disorder. Viral and bacterial forms of conjunctivitis often occur in childhood, but can also occur in adults. Eye redness can occur at any age.
Causes of conjunctivitis
The causes are classified in infectious and non-infectious. Infectious conjunctivitis is caused by viruses that are transmitted exclusively by touch. Virus is the leading cause of eye inflammation. Most commonly, redness is caused in late autumn and early spring. Non-infectious conjunctivitis includes allergic conjunctivitis. Allergy can cause dust, cosmetics, smoke and other impurities. Dust, impurities such as smog and smoke, as well as long-term load on the eye are common cause of eye problems. Conjunctivitis does not cause any change in vision.
Division of cause of conjunctivitis:
- physical (traffic, thermal disasters)
- chemical (acid)
- bacterial (staphylococci and streptococci)
- allergic (dust, cosmetics)
People who use contact lenses as aids in the eyes must be especially careful. When there is inflammation or redness of the eye it is necessary to remove the contact lens immediately and contact an ophthalmologist.
Division of conjunctivitis by type of cause:
- Inclusion (pool) – caused by bacteria – Chlamydia
- chronic (trachoma)
Symptoms of conjunctivitis
Symptoms of conjunctivitis include redness, tingling, itching, swollen eyelids, the feeling of a foreign body in the eye. Excessive secretion of mucus-yellow color is associated with bacterial conjunctivitis. This secretion worsens vision during night sticks together eyelashes while on waking makes it difficult to open the eyes. Dry inflammation creates a feeling of a foreign body in the eye. Allergic conjunctivitis causes itchy eyes and eyelids. Symptoms of viral inflammation are often sinus and nose leakage, as well as hypersensitivity to light. Symptoms of bacterial inflammation are pain, itching, redness in the eyes, swelling of the lymph nodes under the ears.
Diagnosis of conjunctivitis
Diagnosis is established by examination of the ophthalmologist, based on the patient’s talk and the conjunctiva swab.
Treatment of conjunctivitis with herbs
Fight infections using plant Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis), which is one of the most popular when it comes to this disease. Dip the dried plant in boiling water, and wait until it cools down. In this process, the treatment is done by washing the eyes with this liquid three times a day. You can also use tea from raspberry leaves for washing eyes, for the treatment of conjunctivitis.
Make a rinse aid from the oxeye daisy. Oxeye daisy contains tannin as well as other ingredients that use the organism in the fight against conjunctivitis.
You can make a rinse aid from the Goldenseal plant. It is normally used for making commercially available eye wash, because it has known antibacterial properties.
How to ease conjunctivitis
Rinse your eyes with cooled salt water, which you have previously cooked. From the jasmine plant you can make eye drops, by dipping the flowers into distilled water for eight hours.