A 45-year-old member asked:
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is it pink eye, conjunctivitis or blepharitis?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
Conjunctivitis: " pink eye" generally is considered an infection of the eye causing inflammation of the lining or conjunctiva. Hence conjunctivitis.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
Dr. David G. O'Day
35 years experience Ophthalmology
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.
Answered on Dec 15, 2012
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