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A 31-year-old member asked:

hi doctors. how do i know if i have an eye infection or pink eye?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Probably pink eye: Pink eye is due to a common viral infection and is the most likely cause of your red eye. Eye infections other than that include herpes, and infection that follows trauma or surgery. If you suspect these, then you need an ophthalmologist examination quickly.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Do I have pink eye or an eye infection, and what's the difference?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Infection v. allergy: Most "pink eyes" are due to allergy or irritation. These cause redness, clear discharge, minimal effect on the vision and sometimes itchiness. Infection is more severe, painful, may drop the vision a good bit and will commonly have swelling and cloudy discharge. If you are uncertain, your ophthalmologist will sort this out for you.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How can you tell if you have pink eye or an eye infection ?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Pain, vision: 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, may be a little swollen, sometimes is light sensitive and usually is irritated but not painful. Since it is infectious, others around you might also have the same thing or you may spread yours to them. If bacterial there is pain and decreased vision.

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