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A 18-year-old member asked:

How do you get pink eye?

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Dr. Leonardo Dacanay
Ophthalmology 20 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. Some forms of viral pinkeye can be quite debilitating, even leading to visual loss. Recent antiviral medications have proved quite effective against the more severe forms of conjunctivitis, so be sure to see your eye doctor at the first signs.
Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Bad luck or hygiene: Most "pink eye" is caused by a viral infection on the inner part of the eyelid and thin moist "skin"covering the eyeball-called the conjunctiva. Once infected its called "conjunctivitis." you infect your eye when you touch a surface (or person) with the virus and rub your eye-transfering the virus. Frequent hand washing helps prevent this. Sharing towels or pillows can also cause infection.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What are eye drops should I get for pink eye?

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Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 10 years experience
How bad?: Mild cases need only lubricating dops do not use the "take the red out" variety. More severe infections may benefit from antibiotic and or steroid drops.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What can I do to avoid getting pink eye in the other eye?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Wash hands: Pink eye is spread from eye to the other by touch. So wash your hands frequently and try not to touch your unaffected eye.
Virginia, MN
A 21-year-old female asked:

Can you get conjunctivitis (pink eye) more than once?

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Dr. Andrew Dahl
Ophthalmology 56 years experience
Yes: 'pink eye' is a lay term for a viral infection of the outside of the eye. Just as one can get a cold more than once, one can acquire viral conjunctivitis more than once. Recurrent conjunctivitis is more common in people who are contact lens wearers and those with immune system disorders.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you get pink eye from a cat?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jodi Luchs
LASIK Surgery 31 years experience
No: It is very unlikely to transmit pink eye from a cat to a human.
Dr. Yale Kanter
Dr. Yale Kanter commented
Ophthalmology 62 years experience
If you pick up the appropriate bacterial contaminant from any pet and inoculate this on or in your eye you can get a bacterial pink eye conjunctivitis.
Aug 30, 2013
Los Angeles, CA
A female asked:

Can I get pink eye from my saliva?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Yes: Pink eye,or conjunctivitis which may b bacterial, viral or fungal, is spread By direct contact with an infected individual's secretions, usually through hand-to-eye contact; or spread of the infection from bacteria living in the person's own nose/sinus. If you are infected by a virus or bacterium, if you get your saliva in your eye you could become infected, much same way as someone coughing on u

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