Conjunctivitis, or Pink Eye

What is pink eye?

Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the thin tissue that covers the eye.  

What causes pink eye?

Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, may be caused by bacteria or viruses, but allergies, trauma to the eye, or foreign material can also cause the eye to become inflamed.

How is pink eye treated?

An eye that is red but is not uncomfortable or painful can be observed at home for 1-2 days. If your child wears contact lenses, be sure to remove them until symptoms are resolved. If there is no improvement in that time or discomfort occurs, call your pediatrician. Call immediately if light sensitivity occurs or if increased eyelid swelling or redness develops.



This page was authored by Dr. Robert Higginbotham.