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A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it pink eye, conjunctivitis or blepharitis?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Conjunctivitis: " pink eye" generally is considered an infection of the eye causing inflammation of the lining or conjunctiva. Hence conjunctivitis.
Dr. David G. O'Day
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Could be any of them: The etiology (cause) of a "red eye" could be: (1) classic "pink eye" as it is referred to by the lay population. This is really a viral conjunctivitis, which just means there is inflammation of the lining of the surface of the eye (conjunctiva) caused by a virus - like a "cold" in the eye. (2) conjunctivitis - the general term defined above. (3) blepharitis, or inflammation of the eyelid margins.

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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 49-year-old member asked:

What should you do when you have conjunctivitis or pink eye?

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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Pink eye!: You need to identify the underlying cause. Is it infectious (viral, bacterial, fungal), allergic, dry eye, or some other systemic or autoimmune condition. Try artificial tears and oral omega-3's (evoa dry eye supplements). You may need prescription drops, see an eye md.

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