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Pink Eye: What Is It? - Dr. Gong

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Dr. Gong describes pink eye.

Dr. Gong:
Hi, I am Dr. Aleta Gong and I am a spokesperson for the American Optometric Association and I have a private practice here in Phoenix, Arizona.

And we routinely work with coil specialists working with hard to fit contacts. We also do regular contacts.

We also work with the elderly and also with young children.

Because I am board-certified by the College of Optometrist and Vision Development and also the American Academy of Optometry, we are a specialist for visual dysfunctions in children and adults.

So it’s very common for patients to come in with what we find out later is pink eye. Now there are many things that can cause the eyes to turn red.

We get a lot of calls on the phone saying, “I have a red eye or pink eye; what do I do?”

And most of the times we tell them it’s best to come in so we can make sure it’s not any other disease like a foreign body scratch or an ulcer where bacteria eats into the eye, but if it’s truly pink eye we usually ask our patients what symptoms do you have.

Patients usually say I wake up in the morning with my lids crusted shut and they have to pull their lids apart in the morning.

They have white or green discharge, yellow discharge. They are light-sensitive, their eyes could hurt. They know something is wrong until they usually come in for that.

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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