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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (cont.)

Are Over-the-Counter Eyedrops or Medications Effective for Pinkeye?

Artificial tears (particularly those that are preservative-free) are generally safe, and although they may not cure the pinkeye, they often help alleviate the symptoms somewhat. Ocular decongestants (drops labeled as "redness relievers") should be used only sparingly as they may mask the symptoms and in some cases worsen the condition by contributing to dryness or irritation. For allergic conjunctivitis, several types of over-the-counter medications are available and are in most cases very effective.

Are Home Remedies Effective for the Treatment of Pinkeye?

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Cold compresses (for allergy) and warm compresses (for infection) can provide some comfort.

What Is the Prognosis for Pinkeye?

Common viral conjunctivitis usually resolves completely. Infections involving the cornea may leave a permanent scar that affects vision. Certain untreated or undertreated infections or inflammatory conditions can lead to serious and irreversible complications, including loss of sight, so it is particularly important to seek medical care for any pinkeye that is associated with decreased vision, or one that persists beyond a couple of weeks.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017

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