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.