A 18-year-old female asked:
what's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and keratitis? i'm afraid i have keratitis. my eye is red, light sensitive, teary and blurry
3 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Inflammation: Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva (covering on the white part of the eye). Keratitis is inflammation of the cornea (clear layer in front of the iris). Both can be caused by viruses and both can be present at the same time. The light sensitivity and blurred vision could be caused by keratitis. Anytime you have blurred vision you should see your eye doctor immediately.
LASIK Surgery 29 years experience
Keratitis: You may have keratitis - but the only way to know is to see your eye doctor. Keratitis requires specific topical medication. Your doctor will help you.
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Eye infection: Conjunctivitis and keratitis are infection of different parts of eye, may have different causes and may require different treatment.
Last updated Aug 8, 2019
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$15 per month
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.