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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (cont.)

What Are Risk Factors for Pinkeye?

The risk of contracting the more common viral pinkeye increases with exposure to other people with pinkeye, as the viruses that cause this condition are highly contagious. Often there's a history of a recent cold or exposure to other people with colds. Poor hygiene in general is also associated with increased risk, and this is especially the case for contact lens wearers.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Pinkeye?

Infectious conjunctivitis can cause blurred vision (especially if it also involves the cornea), eye pain, and light sensitivity. People often complain of watery eyes, and there can be discharge (watery, mucus-like, or pus-like). It may affect one or both eyes. Allergic conjunctivitis is frequently accompanied by itchiness and watery discharge. It may be seasonal and is usually bilateral.

What Does Pinkeye Look Like?

The whites of one or both eyes appear pink or red. Edema (swollen lining of the eye from fluid accumulation in the conjunctiva) can give the appearance of puffy eyes. There may be discharge, such as tears, mucus, or pus. The discharge may stick to the lashes, and there may be redness of the eyelid.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017

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