pink eye (conjunctivitis)


when should i seek immediate medical attention?Pink Eye Image

Pink eyes, or conjunctivitis, is an inflammation or infection of the membrane lining the eyelids. Pink eye refers to a viral or bacterial infection of the conjunctiva.  These infections are very contagious. There are many causes of pink eye.  The most common cause of pink eye is viruses.  Other causes include: allergies, bacteria, chemical exposure, and contact lenses.

what are the symptoms?


how is pink eye diagnosed?

Diagnosis is typically made by the signs and symptoms that you have and after examination of your eyes.

How is it treated?

Medication, usually eye drops, is effective for pink eye and will help prevent bacterial conjunctivitis.  Most infections will even resolve on their own.  Eye drops should be inserted in the inner part of the lower eyelid.  The discomfort with pink eye can be soothed by applying a warm compress (a clean cloth soaked in warm water) to closed eyes.  Eye secretions are contagious for 24 to 48 hours after therapy begins.

Things that may help prevent pink eye