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Pink Eye

What is Pink Eye?

Pink Eye is the inflammation of the conjunctiva membrane. The conjunctiva membrane is the thin, clear membrane over the white part of the eye and lining of the eyelids.

Pink eye is also called conjunctivitis.

What Causes Pink Eye?

There are many causes of pink eye. It may be triggered by a virus, bacteria, an allergic reaction, or a foreign body on the eye, typically a contact lens. Bacterial and viral systemic infections may also causes pink eye.

Symptoms of Pink Eye

There are many symptoms. The most common symptoms are:

  • a pink or red eye
  • itchy eye
  • painful eye

Types of Pink Eye

There are several different types of pink eye:

  • Viral pink eye
    • Viral pink eye usually affects only one eye and causes excessive eye watering and a light discharge.
  • Bacterial pink eye
    • Bacterial affects both eyes and causes a heavy discharge.
    • The discharge may be is a greenish color.
  • Allergic pink eye
    • Allergic pink eye affects both eyes and causes itching and redness in the eyes, and excessive tearing.
    • sometimes itching and redness in the nose occurs.
  • Giant papillary pink eye
    • Giant papillary pink eye usually affects both eyes and causes contact lens intolerance, itching, a heavy discharge, tearing and red bumps on the underside of the eyelids.

Treatments for Pink Eye

The treatment will depend on the cause. Medication will be prescribed for giant papillary pink eye and bacterial pink eye.

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