Dr. Gong introduces herself and describes the common eye infection known as pink eye.
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Defining Pink Eye 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.