Pinkeye has a number ofdifferent causes, including: Viruses Bacteria (such asgonorrhea or chlamydia) Irritants such asshampoos, dirt, smoke, andpool chlorine Allergies, likedust, pollen, or a specialtype of allergy that affectssome contact lens
Redness in the white of theeye or inner eyelid Increased amount of tears Thick yellow discharge thatcrusts over theeyelashes, especially aftersleep Green or white dischargefrom the eye Itchy eyes Burning eyes Blurred vision Increased sensitivity to light
Usually, pinkeye is a self-limited disease, eitherclearing up on its own or after a course ofantibiotics. However, certain forms of conjunctivitiscan become serious and sight-threatening. Theyinclude conjunctivitis caused bygonorrhea, chlamydia, or certain strains of theadeno virus.The treatment for pinkeye depends on the cause.
Dont touch or rub theinfected eye(s). Avoid wearing eye makeup. Dont share eye makeupwith anyone. Never wear anotherpersons contact lenses. Wash your hands afterapplying the eye drops orointment to your eye or yourchilds eye. Do not use eye drops thatwere used for an infectedeye in a non-infected eye.