Pink Eye Treatment in Elk River & Plymouth

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a common eye condition that usually isn’t serious, but is extremely contagious and very uncomfortable. At Kennedy Vision Health Center, our passionate team of providers can accurately diagnose and treat your specific case of pink eye so you can find fast relief from your symptoms.

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What is Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)?

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is a condition that causes the conjunctiva — the clear tissue that covers the whites of your eyes and lines your inner eyelids — to become inflamed. This inflammation causes small blood vessels to become more visible, making your eyes look pink or red. Pink eye can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection, as well as an allergic reaction to dust and pollution. The type of pink eye you have determines how contagious it is. Though pink eye is rarely vision threatening, we recommend early treatment to save your eyes from discomfort and prevent transmission to others.

How Do I Know If
I Have Pink Eye?

If you’ve ever woken up with so much discharge you can’t open your eyes, you probably had conjunctivitis. Other common signs and symptoms of pink eye include feelings of itchiness and burning in the eyes, swollen conjunctiva, and redness that doesn’t go. Pink eye can also cause discolored overnight discharge that crusts and makes your eyelids stick together, and a gritty sensation in the eye that feels like something is caught in it. Other things to look out for are light sensitivity, excessive tearing, and inflamed lymph nodes.

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How We Treat Pink Eye

Pink eye treatment starts with figuring out the root cause of your conjunctivitis. Whether it’s from exposure to allergens and irritants, excessive contact lens use, or an underlying infection or virus: we’ll go over your symptoms and examine your eyes thoroughly to determine the source. From there, we can start your conjunctivitis treatment, typically through steroidal or antibiotic eye drops, medication, and symptom management so you can find relief until it clears up. With he proper treatment, pink eye typically clears up within a few days.

Why Choose Kennedy Vision Health Center for Pink Eye Treatment?

While you might consider going to your general practitioner for pink eye treatment, it’s better to see a dedicated eye doctor. Though GPs can diagnose and prescribe medication for pink eye, you often won’t receive the thorough treatment often required for cases of pink eye. At Kennedy Vision Health Center, our doctors operate in a family-friendly environment solely to treat your eyes and have the advanced technology to determine the best course of action to do so!

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What Our Patients Are Saying

Discover why Kennedy Vision Health Center is your go-to place for comprehensive conjunctivitis treatment by looking at what our community is saying about their experiences with us!

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- Johnny T.

“Brittany went above and beyond customer service to make sure she helped me, and saved me hundreds, when I was prepared to spend money on new frames. Was really impressed with her! Especially, as I said, she spent her own time, and work doing this, and I didn’t even know this was an option. Thank you Kennedy!”

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- Ande S.

“Staff is phenomenal!!! We had late appointments and the folks helping us pick out frames were so patient, meticulous and stayed late for us, even when I made a change to what I wanted at the very end. Will never go anywhere else but Kennedy.”

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- Ben M.

“From the moment I entered the doors, to the the time I left, the staff on all levels, receptionist, technician, optometrist, and sales person, were all very friendly, informative and helpful. At great experience, I highly recommend them!”

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- Dan D.

“The people there are great, they take their time and understand where you’re coming from. If you have problems with your eyes they are willing to work with you. Also I am not an easy person to get along with sometimes and they had superb patience and were willing to work with me.” 

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- Kelly G.

“I have been going here for a few years. I always have a great experience. Nice doctors and staff and the front desk people are always so helpful when I need to order new contacts or glasses!”

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- Greta H.

“I had a great experience at Kennedy! Both the doctor/eye technician and also in optical. Would highly recommend this place!” 

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We’re proud to provide our communities in Plymouth and Elk River with the top-notch eye care they need to keep their eyes and sight healthy! Stop by either of our two convenient locations for all your eye care needs — especially if you or your child are dealing with pink eye!