In ophthalmology, conjunctivitis is called a disease accompanied by irritation of the eye mucosa (conjunctiva). The conjunctiva is constantly in contact with irritants. The main function of conjunctiva is to protect the eye from dust particles, germs, viruses, as well as from the effects of temperature and sunlight. In a normal and healthy state, the conjunctiva is transparent, smooth and has the pink surface, vessels and glands are clearly visible. An eye swab is a diagnostic procedure, the task of which is to identify or refute the presence of pathogenic microflora on the eye’s protective membrane.
The following reasons may lead to conjunctivitis:
Symptoms of conjunctivitis
The doctor may prescribe a diagnostic procedure for the following external signs:
- eye pruritus, eyelid swelling;
- redness of the ocular tissues;
- discharging of mucous or purulent secretion, gluing eyelids after sleep;
There may be a general deterioration in well-being, as well as the appearance of other symptoms that depend on the etiology of the concomitant disease: cough, rhinitis, pain when moving your eyes, phengophobia, fever.
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