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Conjunctivitis (Red Eye)

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Are You Experiencing Conjunctivitis-Like Symptoms?

The trouble with conjunctivitis is that it’s not actually one single illness; it’s 3. Most parents have had to contend with an outbreak of bacterial conjunctivitis at their child’s school (it is highly contagious) and so become familiar with the signs and symptoms.

However, if you self-diagnose and start a treatment plan, you could actually be inhibiting your recovery, rather than accelerating it. The only way to get a guaranteed diagnosis is through a professional eye exam – if you live in the Chestermere area (or nearby in a smaller community or on an acreage), then visit our practice and let us arrange one for you.

Conjunctivitis can spread like wildfire, so it’s important to be diagnosed as soon as you show symptoms.

Bacterial, Viral and Allergic Conjunctivitis: What’s the Difference?

Conjunctivitis has three varieties:

Bacterial conjunctivitis is contagious, and can be spread by unclean hands, and contaminated makeup. It can also be associated with the eyelid condition blepharitis, or sinus infections.

Highly contagious, viral conjunctivitis is carried by the same pathogens which carry the common cold and flu viruses, as well as other respiratory infections.

This mostly affects those who already suffer from seasonal allergies, such as hay fever, and is usually temporary. During your exam we should be able to help identify the trigger behind your symptoms.

The conjunctiva is the skin which lines the whites of the eye, and it becomes visibly red and inflamed.
Excessive tear production
A burning or itchy sensation in the eye
The urge to continuously rub your eye (try to avoid!)
Light sensitivity
Unusual discharge from your eyes

Treatment and Relief Options For Red Eye


The most common recommendation for conjunctivitis is to let the condition naturally progress and disappear. For severe cases of bacterial red eye, you may be prescribed traditional antibiotics or antibiotic eye drops. In all cases, cool compresses go a long way to alleviate discomfort and make things more bearable.

Following your diagnosis, we will provide plenty of treatment information and can answer any questions you might have, so don’t hesitate to pop in to the practice!

Our Location


Chestermere Optometry

We are located in Chestermere, AB, in the Chestermere Station Plaza. You will find us in between Gillette’s Fabricare and Domino's Pizza, close to Safeway. Chestermere is conveniently located only 5 minutes from Calgary, and close to Strathmore, Langdon and Indus.

Hours of Operation

Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM / 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Address & Contact Information:

110 - 175 Chestermere Station Way
Chestermere, AB, T1X0A4

(403) 229-2020
(403) 229-2032

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