Should you treat pink eye at home?

Published on
December 30, 2022

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pink eye is one of the most common causes of eye infections in the United States. The exact prevalence of pink eye in the US is difficult to determine, as many cases go unreported. However, it is estimated that pink eye occurs in nearly 6 million Americans each year and accounts for 1% of healthcare visits.

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is a common eye condition that is characterized by redness, itching, and discharge from the eye. Even though pink eye doesn't usually cause serious problems if it's treated promptly, it can be uncomfortable and spread easily, so it's vital to get treatment from an eye doctor right away and avoid home remedies.

The following are some reasons why treating pink eye at home is not recommended:

Why should you not try to treat pink eye at home?

One reason why you should not treat pink eye at home is if you are unsure of the cause of your pink eye. Pink eye can be caused by a variety of factors, including allergies, infections, and irritants. If you are unsure of the cause of your pink eye, it is best to see our eye doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. This is especially important if you suspect an infection, as untreated infections can lead to more serious complications.

If you are experiencing pink eye, call us to schedule an evaluation today at (661) 775-1860. We are proud to be a leading provider of advanced eye care for patients from Santa Clarita, Palmdale, Lancaster, and San Fernando Valley.

Another reason to seek medical attention for pink eye is if your symptoms are severe or if your pink eye is not improving. If your pink eye is causing a lot of discomfort or pain, or if it has been present for more than a few days and is not improving, it is best to see our eye doctor. They can prescribe medication to help alleviate your symptoms and speed up the recovery process.

Additionally, if you have a weakened immune system or other underlying health conditions, it is best to see a doctor for pink eye treatment. These conditions can make you more susceptible to infections and complications, so it is important to get proper medical eye care.

Schedule an eye exam at Amplify EyeCare Santa Clarita

It is important to seek medical attention if you are unsure of the cause of your pink eye, if your symptoms are severe, or if you have a weakened immune system or other underlying health conditions. Don't take chances with your eye health, and always consult an eye doctor for proper treatment. If you are experiencing pink eye we welcome you to schedule an evaluation at Amplify EyeCare Santa Clarita. Our optometrists have extensive experience, advanced technology, and provide caring service to patients from Santa Clarita and the surrounding communities. To schedule an eye exam call us at (661) 775-1860 or Book an Appointment .

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Testimonials


My eight year old daughter was terrified to go to the eye doctor for fear of her eyes being dilated. The doctor was SO KID friendly! He immediately made her comfortable by engaging her in conversation. It was a geat experience.


Joya B.

Dr. Garbus spent an amazing amount of time to solve my very complicated visual problems. Over the years he has continually achieved results beyond what others felt possible. He is always up to date on the latest science. He is great!


Dolores K.

Family Vision Care Valencia makes it so easy. Staff is knows what they are doing and Dr. Garbus is thorough and kept me well informed during the exam.


Kristy B.

I have been coming to Family Vision Center for almost 20 years. Dr. Garbus has been able to help my vision when other doctors could not. Now my kids see him as well. I highly recommend this office!


Autumn C.

The Doctor is very good. I felt on this visit he seemed rushed. I had questions to ask him but he was already with another patient. I still do not know if my eyes are the same , worse, or better.


Howard B.

All the staff is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and has been for all the years I have been going there.


Mary Ann H.
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