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Pink Eye

Pink eye is the common term for infectious  conjunctivitis and is caused by a contagious virus or bacteria. Bacterial pink eye is often treatable while viral pink eye is more difficult to treat, more contagious and lasts longer.

Symptoms of infectious pink eye include: yellow or white discharge, very watery eyes, a gritty sensation  and red eyes.

If you think you have pink eye;

  • Keep your hands away from your eyes;
  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently
  • Avoid  applying eye makeup
  • Do not share towels, washcloths, cosmetics or eyedrops with others;
  • Seek treatment promptly.

Small children should be kept away from school, camp and the swimming pool until the condition is diagnosed and treated.

Certain forms of pink eye can mimic a more serious condition that may harm your vision. It is important to have pink eye diagnosed and treated quickly.

 

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