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Grande Prairie, AB
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Conjunctivitis

More commonly referred to colloquially as “pink eye” or “red eye”, conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the eye’s conjunctiva (white part surrounding the pupil). There are many causes of conjunctivitis, with treatment and management options differing depending on the cause (explained below).
If you have conjunctivitis, you may be contagious. We recommend seeking a diagnosis prior to returning to school or work.

Conjunctivitis Symptoms

  • A red/pink appearance to the eye and/or its surrounding tissues (hence its nickname)
  • Thick yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelids and eyelashes (especially while sleeping)
  • Itchy, burning, or stinging sensations in the eye
  • Watery eyes
  • Hazy, blurred vision
  • A green or white discharge from the eye

Causes of Conjunctivitis

There are three main causes of conjunctivitis:

  • Pathogens – Certain types of bacteria and viruses can cause pink eye. This is the type most commonly seen at school. Incidentally, it’s also highly contagious. This type of conjunctivitis is called pathogenic conjunctivitis.
  • Allergies – Allergens, be they seasonal or otherwise, can cause conjunctivitis. This type of conjunctivitis is called allergic conjunctivitis.
  • Environmental – Irritants in your environment, such as poor air quality (dust/etc.), soaps, perfumes, etc. can also cause conjunctivitis. This type of conjunctivitis is called – yep, you guessed it – environmental conjunctivitis.

Conjunctivitis Treatments

Treatment for conjunctivitis depends on its cause.

Pathogenic Conjunctivitis

After a quick assessment to confirm the cause, we will then provide treatment for the symptoms. A severe cause of bacterial conjunctivitis will be treated with antibiotics. Otherwise, the pathogen will be left to run its course (1 to 2 weeks).

Allergic Conjunctivitis

This variant of conjunctivitis is generally treated with antihistamines. Other options, such as immunotherapy, can provide long-term relief.

Environmental Conjunctivitis

While we can provide treatments to relieve your symptoms, only determining the environmental cause (and then removing yourself from it) will permanently address environmental conjunctivitis.

What You'll Find at Aurora Eye Care

Sunglasses are about more than just style: they’re about protecting your eyes. A quality pair of sunglasses will be labeled as 100% UV blocking with the UV blocking built right into the lens. Unsure if yours block harmful UV light? Bring them in and we’ll test them for you!

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For every pair of glasses purchased we donate towards VisionSpring, which supports the purchase of a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. We love helping people both at home and abroad look, feel, and see better!

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Using the Zeis iProfilier Plus, we are able to generate more accurate prescriptions for your corrective lenses. The iProfilier takes a topographical map of the front of your eye and allows us to compensate for some of the eye irregularities each of us have. The result is a more customized and accurate prescription.

More Accurate Corrective Lens Prescriptions +

Sunglasses are about more than just style: they’re about protecting your eyes. A quality pair of sunglasses will be labeled as 100% UV blocking with the UV blocking built right into the lens. Unsure if yours block harmful UV light? Bring them in and we’ll test them for you!

For every pair of glasses purchased we donate towards VisionSpring, which supports the purchase of a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. We love helping people both at home and abroad look, feel, and see better!

Using the Zeis iProfilier Plus, we are able to generate more accurate prescriptions for your corrective lenses. The iProfilier takes a topographical map of the front of your eye and allows us to compensate for some of the eye irregularities each of us have. The result is a more customized and accurate prescription.

Where Aurora Eye Care is Located

Location Information

We are located on the east side of town in the Cobblestone Plaza, beside the TD Canada Trust and Shoppers Drug Mart on 100 Ave and 92 St. There is ample parking available on-site.

Address

9920 92 St
Grande Prairie AB, T8V 5N8

Contact Information

  • Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Pamela Giles
  • Dr. Kyla Hunter
  • Dr. Kent Manville
  • Dr. Charlotte Forgie
  • Dr. Natasha Chrenek
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