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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can i have conjunctivitis (pink eye) without having any pinkness or redness in my eyes?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Leng
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Yes: You can have conjuctivitis where the symptoms mainly consist of a foreign body sensation (gritty feeling) and discharge, but your eyes may be not too pink or red. But by definition, the word conjuctivits means inflammation of the conjuctiva -- which implies redness.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Possibly: Pink eye, or epidemic keratoconjunctivitis, by definition causes red eyes. As the infection starts to heal, the pink tinge of the conjunctiva (skin over the white of the eye) may diminish to a point where it appears normal, but you may still be contagious. A rule of thumb is that as long as you do not look or feel 100% normal, you may still be infected and contagious.

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A 20-year-old male asked:

Think i might have pink eye cause I have some redness in my eyes and its irritating. How can I tell if if have it and how to treat it ?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. George Yang
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Difficult: Pink eye typically refers to viral conjunctivitis. It usually affects both eyes and because it is due to a virus, is treated symptomatically with otc preservative-free artificial tears. Problem is that this cannot be self- diagnosed. There are many causes of a red eye, some of which can be quite serious. You need to see an eye md for diagnosis and treatment.
Last updated Nov 18, 2019


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