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What should you do if you have pink eye

Published on
January 16, 2023

It is estimated that 135 cases of bacterial conjunctivitis, a type of pinkeye, occur per 10,000 people in the United States each year. This represents about 1% of all primary care consultations.

Pinkeye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an eye condition that results in inflammation of the clear layer covering the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelids. This condition can affect people of all ages and may be caused by various factors, such as infections, allergies, or contact lens overuse. If you think you have pinkeye, it's important to seek medical attention and follow the treatment plan recommended by our doctor to help clear up the infection and prevent it from spreading to others.

What are the most common symptoms of pink eye?

Pinkeye can affect one or both eyes, and may start in one eye before spreading to the other. 

The most common symptoms of pinkeye are:

  • Redness 
  • Itching
  • Watering of the eyes 
  • Discharge from eyes
  • Crusting around the lashes
  • Swollen eyelids

If you are experiencing any of the above listed symptoms, it's important to call our eye doctor as soon as possible. These symptoms may be a sign of pink eye, which can be caused by various factors such as infections, allergies, or contact lens overuse. Our eye doctor can provide an evaluation to determine the cause of your pink eye and recommend the appropriate treatment. To schedule an emergency eye exam with our eye doctor, please call (562) 925-6591.

What can you do to prevent the spread of pink eye?

If you think you have pinkeye, it's important to practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of the infection to others. Here are some tips to follow:

  • Assume that it's contagious, even if it may not be
  • Avoid touching your eyes or rubbing them
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially before and after touching your eyes
  • Avoid sharing towels, pillows, or other personal items with others
  • Keep your eye clean by gently washing away any discharge with a clean, damp cloth

When should you see an eye doctor immediately if you have pink eye?

If you are experiencing extreme vision loss or extreme pain, it is considered an emergency and you should seek medical attention immediately. In other cases, it's best to call the eye doctor's office and explain your symptoms. They will be able to assess how soon you need to be seen and provide further guidance. In case of an eye emergency, please call (562) 925-6591.

Schedule a medical eye exam for pink eye at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach

If you think you have pink eye, it's a good idea to call our optometry clinic in Bellflower  for an evaluation. During the exam, our eye doctor will ask you about your symptoms and medical history, and examine your eyes using a microscope or other specialized instruments. The exam may include a number of tests such as slit lamp examination, fluorescein staining, culture to determine the cause of your pinkeye and assess the severity of the condition.

To schedule an eye exam, please call (562) 925-6591. Patients searching for advanced medical eye care for pink eye and other emergency eye care needs visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical and emergency eye care services for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.


I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.

Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.

Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!

Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.

Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.

Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

Very professional staff and pleasant.

Daniel G.
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