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How to determine if i have pink eye?

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Dr. Richard Carlin
Ophthalmology 50 years experience
See your doctor: The symptoms of pink eye are redness and discharge of the affected eye. The vision is usually not affected and there is no pain, light sensitivity or foreign body sensation unless the cornea is involved. To find out definitely if you have "pink eye" see an ophthalmologist.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Dr eval: Pink eye is conjunctivitis. It can be caused by things like viruses (common cold), bacteria, allergies, foreign body in the eye & chemical exposures. Pink eye symptoms can effect one or both eyes. They many include redness &/or itchiness, increased tearing, discharge & gritty sensation.
Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Pink eye: Watery greenish discharge, redness, irritation, blurred vision, mild discomfort, mild lid swelling, mild light sensitivity, associated cold symptoms. See eye doctor.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What could I do to determine if I have pink eye/conjunctivitis?

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Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Depends: Pink eye can be from bacteria, virus or allergy with chemical irritation since it defines as inflammation of membranes -conjunctiva.It is best to see doctor for proper med.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to determine which kind of pink eye you have?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
You can't: Generally only trained professionals can determine the type of pink eye you have. Most cases of pink eye are caused by viruses and are self-limited - that means they get better without treatment, like a cold does.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What is pink eye?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Virus: Viral conjunctivitis is the other name for pink eye. It generally clears on its own, but often antibiotic drops are prescribed to keep a bacterial infection from setting up in the eye after the virus has irritated it.

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