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I have pinkeye

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I have pinkeye
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. James replied 2 years ago.

Dr. James :

Hello.

Dr. James :

How can I help you today?

Customer:

Hi

Customer:

I have what looks in images like bacterial pink eye.

Customer:

It's 12:30 at night and am wondering if it needs to be addressed right away or can it wait until morning?

Customer:

My eye was slightly irritated throughout the day, but started to have white pus later

Dr. James :

Does anyone at home have pink eye?

Customer:

no, I live alone

Dr. James :

Do you wear contact lenses?

Customer:

The difference I see between viral and mine is that there is white pus that developed today

Customer:

sometimes. i wore contacts yesterday

Dr. James :

Is it only one eye or both eyes?

Customer:

1 eye

Dr. James :

When you wipe away the pus, does a lot more come out?

Customer:

it comes back after a bit

Dr. James :

How is the vision in that eye?

Customer:

it's ok, but i think the pus is causing some blurriness

Customer:

and i see halos around lights

Customer:

but after washing the eye i see better

Dr. James :

there are many reasons you can have a mucous discharge.

Dr. James :

conjunctivitis (i.e. pink eye). which can be bacterial or viral.

Dr. James :

another cause can be a corneal infection, especially in the setting of contact lens use.

Customer:

i don't wear contact lenses very often

Customer:

probably once for 4 hours in the past week

Dr. James :

corneal infection is one of the possibilities.

Dr. James :

an exam by an eye doctor should be able to tell.

Dr. James :

you should see a doctor tomorrow.

Customer:

ok. that's all i wanted to know, whether to go now or tomorrow.

Dr. James :

if the infection is severe, then you may think about going to the ER tonight.

Dr. James :

but you will have to judge that for yourself.

Customer:

what are the signs of it being severe?

Dr. James :

eye swollen shut.

Dr. James :

severe pain.

Dr. James :

blurred vision.

Customer:

ok, that's not me. thanks for the help!

Dr. James :

you're welcome.

Customer:

have a good night. goodbye.

Dr. James :

please remember to press accept so i can get credit for assisting you today.

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