Wednesday, October 06, 2010

~ Conjunctivitis ~

Month of September was fever and HFMD.... going to the start of October and what do we got?? Conjunctivitis! Gladys started to have yellow discharge from her left eye on late Sunday night. It started to swell and by the next morning, both her eyes are teary and swollen.

I started to develop similar symptoms on my left eye on Monday afternoon and quickly went to see a doctor. It was diagnosed as Conjunctivitis and I was given antibiotics and eye drops. I tried not to infect my right eye but very soon, both my eyes were infected. :( Even hubby got the "pink eye" as it is highly contagious.

Luckily, we separated Denver just in time and sent him to stay with my in laws for the time being. I am glad that Gladys' condition wasn't as bad and her eyes aren't as reddish as mine.

There are many websites and information on Conjunctivitis (Pink eye). It is basically an inflammation on the clear membrane that covers the white part of our eye and the inner surface of the eyelids. Pink eye can be pretty scary looking as it spread rapidly making the eyes are extremely red and bloody.

Conjunctivitis can be caused by allergies (e.g. Pollen, dust mites) and also by bacteria and viruses responsible for colds and other infections (e.g. Ear, sinus, sore throats etc). Till now, I'm not sure what has causes pink eye to trigger within our family but we planned to do another round of clean up in the house as soon as we recover and before Denver comes home.

It has been difficult for the past few days. I never had eye infection before and "pink eye" is causing extreme discomfort to me. My eyes are teary, irritable, painful with occasional burning sensation. It felt like there are sand particles in both eyes all the time and yet there is nothing I can do about it except to take my medication, applying the eye cream and dripping eye drops.

I always have difficulty applying eye drops and do not like water getting into my eyes. Because of this, I have to force myself to drip eye drops everyday! Daily activities have been affected and I am feeling a bit down. Haven't been sleeping well and every time it takes a while to open my eyes because of the dried yellow musces on my eyelids. I'll need to use warm water to wipe my eyes gently before I start my day. I am praying that I'll feel better tomorrow ... if not, the doctor will need to refer me to another specialist. :(


  1. eeeeks! I can feel uncomfortable just be reading your "C" description.. Must be very iritating. Take care.

  2. Yes.. my first time getting it and it is really uncomfortable. Pretty scary also since my blood vessel in the eye burst.. and need 1-2 weeks to clear.. i think other pple see me also scared.. :p