AMSURG Partner Dr. Timothy Ehlen Discusses Cause of Bob Costas’ Eye Infection

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AMSURG partner Timothy Eheln, M.D.,Minneapolis Eye Center, was featured onKARE 11, an NBC news affiliate in Minneapolis, discussing Winter Olympic anchor Bob Costas’ eye infection. Costas’ eye infection started in his left eye and spread to his right eye and now Matt Lauer will be taking over as the primetime anchor for Costas, while he gives his eye a rest.   Eheln said that eye infections are either caused by bacterial or viral conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye. Ehlen said viral is the most common and contagious. “You can get it from touching things to being close to people from a mild cold that converts to conjunctivitis.” And while bacterial conjunctivitis can be treated with antibiotics and generally goes away within a couple days, Ehlen said there’s no medication to treat viral. Patients can use eye drops to control the symptoms but the virus itself takes anywhere from from a week to 14 days to clear, per eye.   Click here to read the full story and watch the TV segment.