About Eye Conditions
Our board-certified pediatricians at Village Pediatrics in Plano, TX have extensive histories in treating many common childhood illnesses and conditions of the eyes like pink eye and the occasional eyelid sty. Caused by an allergen, bacteria, or virus, eye conditions are painful and can strike at any time, especially for anyone with a developing or weakened immune system. Dr. Hebbur and Dr. Okammor can help ease the discomfort of eye conditions if the infection spreads, becomes chronic, or will not heal. If you think your child’s eye condition needs to be seen by a physician, please call our office and make an appointment today.
Eye Conditions Conditions and Symptoms
Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
Many children contract pink eye (conjunctivitis) because it is highly contagious and the bacteria that causes it is easy to pick up. Uncontrollable tearing, redness, swelling, yellowish drainage (child can wake up with an eye swollen shut from drainage), and light sensitivity are all indicators your child may have pink eye. This may require a doctor’s visit for the child to be allowed back into the classroom at school.
Inside or outside of the eyelid, a sty is a painful red bump that can pop up suddenly on your child's eye. Because a sty is a bacterial infection, it is contagious. If there is no fever or headaches associated with the swollen bump, wait a few days before scheduling an appointment with the doctor. It could go away on its own.
Eye Conditions Recommended Treatments
Swelling around the eye is usually very painful, can limit vision, and cause headaches from light sensitivity. We recommend using a warm washcloth on the area to ease the pain and discomfort, or use an over-the-counter children's pain reliever (following all instructions on the package). If the condition is recurrent or lasts longer than a week, it is time to call the doctor. For pink eye, a doctor can prescribe an antibiotic to clear up the infection. In some cases, antibiotics can be given for a sty.
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Pink eye or an eyelid sty is never a fun condition to have at any age. Your child can be sent home from school with pink eye or a sty, as both are highly contagious bacterial (and sometimes viral) infections of the eye. Usually more than one child in a family or a classroom will contract the infection. This is why it is so important to treat your child at home until the infection has cleared. You may need to contact your pediatrician if the conditions persist. Our practice would be happy to help your child get back to normal and be pain free from eye conditions.