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Conjunctivitis / Pink Eye

Overview

Conjunctivitis, sometimes referred to as pink eye, is an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva – the thin, protective membrane that covers the surface of the eyeball and inner surface of the eyelids. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses and other germs that are transmitted to the eye through contaminated hands, towels, and eye makeup or extended wear contacts. It can also result from exposure to irritants such as chemicals, smoke or dust; by pollen and other allergens.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Watery Discharge
  • Irritated Red Eye
  • Itching
  • Tearing
  • Swollen Eyes
  • Stingy discharge that may cause lids to stick together, especially after sleeping
  • Can affect one or both eyes

If you suspect conjunctivitis, see an eye doctor as soon as possible. Your eye will be examined to determine the specific cause of the inflammation and your eye doctor will determine what the best course of treatment to resolve the condition.