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Pink Eye: How Is This Diagnosed And What Are The Risks Of Leaving This Untreated? - Dr. Gong

By Dr. Aleta Gong Expert
 
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Dr. Gong discusses how pink eye is diagnosed and shares the risks associated with leaving pink eye untreated.

Dr. Gong:
How we diagnose pink eye or conjunctivitis is when a patient comes in we ask for all of the symptoms.

One of the main things that we look for is what type of discharge comes out of your eyes. So, depending if it’s watery or clear or if it’s white, green, yellow, crusted shut or gooey that tells us what type of conjunctivitis or pink eye it is.

We also put them in the slit lamp which is right here with some dye just to see if we can find out more information about the eye and that helps us diagnose that condition.

The risk factors for pink eye not being treated is that you can continue to be uncomfortable, light-sensitive, still have a discharge.

It can be contagious. Certain types of conjunctivitis or pink eye is very contagious so if you have a family or even pets can get it, that would be something that would be a risk factor.

The other thing is you always want to make sure that you do see an eye doctor to diagnose it because in some cases if it’s an ulcer due to a bacteria eating away at the front part of the eye, you can actually lose vision or have scar tissue which will impede your vision in the future.

About Dr. Aleta Gong, O.D., F.A.A.O., F.C.O.V.D.:
Dr. Aleta Gong, O.D., F.A.A.O., F.C.O.V.D., is a graduate of the University of California San Diego and the Southern California College of Optometry. She is a Board Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She has had extensive training at several hospitals and has been trained in specialty contacts, ocular disease, and vision therapy.

She is an active member of the American Optometric Association, and is past president of the Arizona Optometric Association. She also has been one of two state directors for the Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program since 2001.

Presently, she is the state liaison for the nurse’s vision screening program for Arizona. She was a state board proctor for the Arizona licensing board from 1993 to 2001. Dr. Gong has been chosen to be a C.O.P.E. reviewer for national lectures. Dr. Gong also started the InfantSEE® program for Arizona.

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