Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva that lines your eyelid and covers the white part of your eyeball.
Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Redness in one or both eyes
  • Itchiness in one or both eyes
  • A gritty feeling in one or both eyes
  • A discharge in one or both eyes that forms a crust during the night that may prevent your eye or eyes from opening in the morning
  • Tearing

When to see a doctor: There are serious eye conditions that can cause eye redness. These conditions may cause eye pain, a feeling that something is stuck in your eye (foreign body sensation), blurred vision, and light sensitivity. If you experience these symptoms, seek urgent care.

Pink eye can cause inflammation that can affect vision.

  • Viruses, Bacteria, Allergies
  • A chemical exposure
  • A foreign object in the eye
  • Exposure to allergic materials for an individual
  • Exposure to someone infected with the viral or bacterial form of conjunctivitis
  • Using contact lenses, especially extended-wear lenses
  • Practice good hygiene to control the spread of pink eye.
  • Don't touch your eyes with your hands.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Use a clean towel and washcloth daily.
  • Don't share towels or washcloths.
  • Change your pillowcases often.

How is it diagnosed?

Your doctor will ask about symptoms and recent health history. Rarely a sample of the liquid that drains from your eye for laboratory analysis (culture) is required.

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

How is it treated?

Symptom relief using artificial tears, antibiotic eye drops, cleaning your eyelids with a wet cloth, and applying cold or warm compresses several times daily.

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