What is Conjunctivitis?
Viral conjunctivitis is a contagious disease. It is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane that lines the eyelids and covers the white of the eyeball. It can occur in one eye or both.
What are the symptoms of Conjunctivitis?
- Eye redness.
- Light sensitivity.
- Excessive Tearing.
- Swollen Eyes.
- Blurred Vision.
How is Conjunctivitis diagnosed?
to determine conjunctivitis, your doctor will ask you about your health history and symptoms and examine your eyes. He or she may also take a sample of eye secretions for laboratory analysis if:
- You have a very severe case of conjunctivitis
- Your corneas are affected.
- You've had repeated infections that aren't responding to treatment.
If your conjunctivitis is caused by allergies, your doctor may suggest allergy testing to help determine which specific allergens to avoid.
What is the treatment of Conjunctivitis?
Treatment for bacterial conjunctivitis: More than half of bacterial conjunctivitis cases will clear up in one to two weeks without treatment. Taking an antibiotic may speed up the healing process. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointment.Treatment for viral conjunctivitis: In most cases, no treatment is available for viral conjunctivitis. Your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication if your condition is caused by the herpes simplex virus. Treatment for allergic conjunctivitis: If you have allergic conjunctivitis, your doctor may prescribe from among many different types of eye drops for people with allergies.
What precautions should I take?
Precautions you should take when you have conjunctivitis:
- Hand washing: always wash hands with soap or alcohol based solutions.
- Avoid any facial contact with others.
- Don’t let others use your personal articles such as towels, pillows, or cosmetics.
- You should not wear contact lenses or eye makeup.
- To relieve symptoms: use a cool wet cloth 3-4 times a day.
- Apply artificial tears.
Does my Insurance Policy cover Conjunctivitis treatment?
Yes. according to CCHI unified Policy terms and conditions, health insurance policies in Saudi Arabia cover the treatment for conjunctivitis.Please Click Here to access the Unified CCHI Policy Wordings.
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