Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

What is it?

Pink eye or conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the tissue that lines the surface of the eyeball and inside of the eyelids.  Viruses, bacteria, allergies, or other irritants can cause this condition.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include red, irritated eyelids and surface of the eye, tearing, and a gritty feeling in the eye.  A discharge that causes the eyelashes and lids to stick together during sleep is also common.

How is it spread?

The bacteria and viruses that cause pink eye are spread by hand to eye contact with someone else’s germs.

What can I do at home to take care of it?

Pink eye usually clears up by itself in a week or so.  For comfort:

When should I seek medical attention?

·          If you have eye pain

·          If there is discharge from the eyes

·          Symptoms that don not improve in 3-4 days

What can I do to prevent getting it?

·         Avoid direct contact with others who have pink eye

·         Keep your hands washed

·         Avoid sharing towels, wash cloths.