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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis / "Pink eye" can occur at any age. We tend to see it a lot in younger children - most commonly under the age of 5 yrs.

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Dr. William Dieck
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Not overnight: Your exposure to bacteria can take 24-48 hours to result in clinical conjunctivitis. You may have symptoms when you wake, but the exposure was long b... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Depends: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so antibiotic eye drops are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run it's course i... Read More
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Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Conjunctivitis: "pink eye" generally refers to a virally transmitted infection form human to human, generally related to common cold viruses. Secretions from an infe... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonardo Dacanay
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Most commonly viral: "pinkeye" is a general term for inflammation of the white of the eye, or conjunctivitis. It is often viral, but can be bacterial or even allergic. S... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Contagious disease: "pink eye" is an infection as the term is commonly used.It is usually spread by contact-thus good handwashing is needed.Also thru respiratory droplet... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jodi Luchs
LASIK Surgery 30 years experience
No: It is very unlikely to transmit pink eye from a cat to a human.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Pink eye: Most pink eye is caused by Adenovirus and is very contagious. Sometimes the eye is infected with bacteria. Please see your primary care physician for ... Read More
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Infected one side: Pink eye is the common term for viral infection of the eye. It may affect one eye but commonly affects both. The eye is red, has a clear discharge, m... Read More
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Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Pink eye: Yes, pink eye is just a virus infecting the conjunctiva or outer layer of the eyeball. It can be very contagious and is spread like any other virus, ... Read More

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