Dr. Jennifer L. Shane & Associates
5385 Reno Corporate Dr #100 Reno RV 89511 +1 775-852-3937
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Reno, NV / 775-852-3937

Conjunctivitis (Red Eye)

What is Conjunctivitis & How to Treat It

You may know it by one of these names and it is likely you’ve either experienced conjunctivitis yourself or know someone who has. No matter what you call it, it has a specific look: red, swollen eyelids; itchy, watery eyes; and typically a discharge. It is a sudden and uncomfortable condition that can overtake a household or even a classroom if left without treatment.

The Conjunctiva

The affected portion of the eye is called the conjunctiva. It is made up of two membranes, one that covers the eyeball (bulbar conjunctiva) while the other protects the inner surface of the eyelid (palpebral conjunctiva). These two membranes are attached, creating a continuous defence from foreign bodies, such as eyelashes or contact lenses, from getting lost behind the eye.

Types of Conjunctivitis

  • Allergic – Caused by an allergen creating a response in your conjunctiva. Similar to an allergic reaction on your skin or in your sinuses, this is often caused by environmental stimuli like pollen, dander, and dust.
  • Viral – Caused by a virus which can affect each eye individually, but is easily spread between the two. This form is very contagious but cannot be treated with antibiotics. It must be left to run its course.
  • Bacterial – Caused by bacteria, this is the most contagious of the three. It must be treated with antibiotics, so seeing a doctor is imperative.


In all these cases, it’s important to seek out medical attention to address your strain of conjunctivitis. A doctor can prescribe eye drops, antibiotics, or antihistamines for your condition. In the case of the contagious viral and bacterial pink eye, it is important to stay home from work or school and it is advised to wash all the sheets, towels, makeup, or stuffed animals that may have come into contact with the eye.

Visit Our New Office in Reno

We are located on Reno Corporate Drive off of Longley and Barron Way. From Longley off McCarran turn east onto Barron way then turn south on Reno Corporate Drive. We will be on your right side. From Double R heading toward Longley, turn north on Reno Corporate Drive just before Longley. Proceed on Reno Corporate Drive to the last drive way before Barron Way. We will be on your left side.


Dr. Jennifer L. Shane & Associates
5385 Reno Corporate Drive #100
Reno, NV, 89511

Contact Number

Phone: 775-852-3937
Email: [email protected]

Hours of Operation

Monday:9:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesday:9:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday:9:00am - 5:30pm
Thursday:9:00am - 5:30pm
Friday:9:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday:10:00am - 4:00pm