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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can you get pink eye if you don't have a cold or sinus infection?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. LINDA VARGAS
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
From someone else: If you yourself are not infected with a cold or upper respiratory infection, then you most likely came into contact with someone or something that was carrying the virus. Once you came into contact with the virus you touched your eye and infected it.
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Pink eye: Not all pink eye is viral...It may look like pinkeye but be caused by allergy or a chemical or dry eye or herpes virus. Classic pinkeye in adults is usually caused by a cold virus, though...
Dr. Andrew Dahl
Ophthalmology 56 years experience
Virus only in eye: If a virus is introduced into the eye, one can have a viral infection of the eye without a cold.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Sinus infection and pink eye, related?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Thomas Wolf
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Yes, possibly: Very common, especially in viral colds-sinuses issues to have eye issues. If symptoms persist seek out care.
Last updated Mar 17, 2019

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