PINK EYE

What Is Pink Eye?

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin clear tissue that lies over the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid.

Pink eye is commonly caused by a bacterial or viral infection, an allergic reaction. It can be highly contagious, but it’s rarely serious. It's very unlikely to damage your vision, especially if you find it and treat it quickly. When you take care to prevent its spread, pinkeye clears up with no long-term problems.

 

Pink Eye Symptoms

The most common pink eye 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 eyes or eyes from opening in the morning
  • Tearing