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Pink Eye (Viral Conjunctivitis)
Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (Definition)
"Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. "Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. ...Read more
My 7 month old recently had URTI today I noticed pink left eye. Could this be viral conjunctivitis?there's no greenish nor yellowish discharge. what's the remedy?
Possible: Pink eye without any yellow discharge most probably due to viral illness .This will resolve of it own in 3-4 days . If there is lot of watering or itching and swelling of eyelids then it may be due to allergy .Wait &watch for a day for any improvement ,otherwise consult your pediatrician . ...Read more
One of my eyes got a little red but only half of it. I had viral conjunctivitis on march but on both eyes. What could it be?
Both my eyes so red and teary from the past week. Can't focus on anything for more than a second. Is it really viral conjunctivitis?
Possible: If so, then it should be better in about a week. If not, see an ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more
My 2 year old daughter has suffered from severe viral conjunctivitis now she is unable to open her eyes due to light sensivity , how can I help her?
Yes: Marijuana causes increased congestion of blood vessels in the eye - in fact, reddened eyes are one of the signs of smoking marijuana. If you already have a conjunctivitis, it will increase the irritation and inflammation going on in your eye. There are eyedrops which can help - talk to your doctor. If you have problems stopping marijuana, even temporarily, seek counseling with a professional. ...Read more
What's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and keratitis? I'm afraid I have keratitis. My eye is red, light sensitive, teary and blurry
Inflammation: Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva (covering on the white part of the eye). Keratitis is inflammation of the cornea (clear layer in front of the iris). Both can be caused by viruses and both can be present at the same time. The light sensitivity and blurred vision could be caused by keratitis. Anytime you have blurred vision you should see your eye doctor immediately. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My eye has been having clear discharge and some yellow, with crusting for a day and a half, how do I know if it is bacterial or viral conjunctivitis?
Treatments vary: The symptoms can vary from allergic conjunctivitis to as you state, bacterial or viral conjunctivitis. Usually on slit lamp (microscopy) exam in the office the conjunctival surface and cornea can give us clues. If you have no pain or vision loss, you may want to try an otc allergy drop for a day, since it's sunday. If not better by the monday am, then see your provider in the morning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am experiencing itchy eyes, bloodshot eyes (side: one eye only) and eyelid swelling. Looks like a have viral conjunctivitis. What eye drop I need?
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