NBC sportscaster Bob Costas is taking the night off in the middle of the Olympics!
Costas ( a fellow Commack HS South alum) is apparently turning the prime time coverage over to Today show host Matt Lauer tonight because of a bad case of pink eye:
“Reluctantly, I was trying to throw a complete game here, but we’re going to have to go to the bullpen, and I don’t know if you’re aware of this tonight, but you’re Mariano Rivera, at least tonight.”
Last Friday, Costas apologized to viewers for sporting “Mr. Peabody” eyeglasses, explaining that he had pink eye in his left eye. He assured viewers “(It) should resolve itself by the weekend,” however by Monday night, both eyes looked red and swollen (as seen above in the photo by @SBNationGif via Twitter.)
Downing a shot of vodka with co-host Mary Carillo, he joked:
“My eyes can’t get any redder, no matter what I do.”
Pink eye, medically known as conjunctivitis, is a common eye condition worldwide. It causes inflammation (swelling) of the conjunctiva—the thin layer that lines the inside of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye. Conjunctivitis is often called “pink eye” or “red eye” because it can cause the white of the eye to take on a pink or red color.
The most common causes of conjunctivitis are viruses, bacteria, and allergens. But there are other causes, including chemicals, fungi, certain diseases, and contact lens wear (especially wearing lenses overnight). The conjunctiva can also become irritated by foreign bodies in the eye and by indoor and outdoor air pollution caused, for example, by chemical vapors, fumes, smoke, or dust.
Viral conjunctivitis is caused by infection of the eye with a virus. Viral conjunctivitis:
Bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by infection of the eye with certain bacteria. Bacterial conjunctivitis:
Most cases of viral conjunctivitis are mild. The infection will usually clear up in 7–14 days without treatment and without any long-term consequences.
Artificial tears and cold packs may be used to relieve the dryness and inflammation (swelling) caused by conjunctivitis.
Antiviral medication can be prescribed by a physician to treat more serious forms of conjunctivitis, such as those caused by herpes simplex virus or varicella-zoster virus. Antibiotics will not improve viral conjunctivitis—these drugs are not effective against viruses.
For bacterial conjunctivitis antibiotic eye drops can help shorten the illness and reduce the spread of infection to others.
Many topical antibiotics (drugs given as eye drops or ointment) are effective for treating bacterial conjunctivitis. The infection should clear within several days. Artificial tears and cold compresses may be used to relieve some of the dryness and inflammation.
Mild bacterial conjunctivitis may get better without antibiotic treatment and without any severe complications.
Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis can be easily spread from person to person and can cause epidemics. You can greatly reduce the risk of getting conjunctivitis or of passing it on to someone else by following some simple good hygiene steps: