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Does pink eye cause blindness?

Does pink eye cause blindness?

Pink eye is a "cold": No, pink eye is a viral infection of the conjunctiva that will run a typical course in about a week, just like the common cold. There can be temporary vision disturbances in some cases but there is no risk of permanent vision loss or blindness. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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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


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Could blurred vision/vision loss be a side effect of sinusitus&pink eye?

Could blurred vision/vision loss be a side effect of sinusitus&pink eye?

Yes: You can certainly get pink eye and sinusitis together, and temporary blurred vision from pink eye. If it persists after a few weeks I would get an exam. ...Read more

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This is my fourth week of pink eye. Why isn't it going away?

This is my fourth week of pink eye. Why isn't it going away?

A few thoughts: Persistent symptoms could be due to inappropriate or incomplete treatment, recurrent exposure to infection or allergen, or misdiagnosis to begin with! ...Read more

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I have pink eye should I go to school?

I have pink eye should I go to school?

Generally no.: Each school has its own policy regarding return to school with pink eye and usually recommend Rx for the least 24 hours due to its contagious nature. Pink eye generally refers to infectious conjunctivitis, which could be viral or bacterial, and when the eye is itchy, it is easy to transmit germs by hand contact. ...Read more

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Is it okay that I go to school with pink eye?

Is it okay that I go to school with pink eye?

The school probably: Won't think so — due too potential to spread bacterial and viral pink eye. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long does viral pink eye take to go away?

Can you tell me how long does viral pink eye take to go away?

Weeks: Viral conjuctivitis usually has a two-week course before the infection resolves. The ey may remain inflammed for several weeks after the infection. This can be controlled with antiinflammatory drops. ...Read more

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How can I make my pink eye situation better before I go to the doctors?

How can I make my pink eye situation better before I go to the doctors?

You can't: In short, if you have " pink eye" you are probably referring to a viral infection which is typically self-limiting. ...Read more

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If I am returning to school with pink eye, when is it ok to go off meds?

2-3 weeks: Usually pink eye or viral conjunctivitis is a self limited infection that clears up in 2-3 weeks. Most medications are supportive and are used during the period of a few weeks. It is considered most infections for the first week. Check with your doctor as they should give you instructions on when to stop the medications. ...Read more

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Once you get pink eye, how long should I stay home before going back to school?

Once you get pink eye, how long should I stay home before going back to school?

Pink eye: Bacterial conjunctivitis can be appropriately treated with antibiotic eye drops or eye ointment. I usually recommend keeping the child home until he has received 24 hr to 48 hr of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Where do I go to find most common cure for pink eye home remedies, medications, etc?

Where do I go to find most common cure for pink eye home remedies, medications, etc?

Pink eye treatment: Pink eye treatment depends on the cause of the problem. You should go see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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I've got pink eye and read that a drop of honey in each eye makes it go away. Should I try it?

I've got pink eye and read that a drop of honey in each eye makes it go away. Should I try it?

Ineffective: It is possible that a bit of honey might make the eye temporarily more comfortable but the usual pink eye is a viral condition that must run its course and for which honey would be of no benefit. ...Read more

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I'm pretty sure my daughter has pink eye. Will it go away if i just keep cleaning it or do I need to get meds? She says it doesn't hurt.

I'm pretty sure my daughter has pink eye. Will it go away if i just keep cleaning it or do I need to get meds? She says it doesn't hurt.

Pink Eye can spread: Pink eye can spread and is contagious, so you have to keep your hands clean, and washed after touching her eyes, and keep her towels separate from other family members. She needs to be kept home away from day care, as this can affect other babies too. Call her pediatrician for treatment options. Drops may needed if secondary bacterial infection is present, and that may mean seeing an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Can I go to work with pink eye?

Can I go to work with pink eye?

Not recommended: Pink eye is contagious, thus if a person is still having discharge from the eye it is best to stay at home if you can. Many places, such as daycare facilities and schools require people to have topical treatment for 24 hrs before returning. ...Read more

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Should I go to work with pink eye?

Should I go to work with pink eye?

Conjunctivitis: Nope. This is a highly contagious infection and your co-workers would most likely appreciate you not passing it along. ...Read more

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How long until pink eye goes away?

How long until pink eye goes away?

Could be 1-2 weeks: It's similar to the upper respiratory cold infection. It usually goes away in 5-10 days but it may linger around for a while. Cold compressors and artificial tears will help. ...Read more

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How long does it take pink eye to go away?

How long does it take pink eye to go away?

Usually 2-3 weeks: Pink eye or viral conjunctivitis is usually an acute condition caused by adenovirus (like the common cold). Most cases will resolve in a few weeks but some can be prolonged. There are many other causes of conjunctivitis so any additional or more severe symptoms should be examined by your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Will pink eye go away on its own, how long?

Will pink eye go away on its own, how long?

Yes: Most cases of pink eye, or viral conjunctivitis, will resolve in a week or two without treatment. ...Read more

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Why did my pink eye go away after only a day?

Why did my pink eye go away after only a day?

Allergy: If it went away in a day, probably allergic or irritation making it look like pink eye. ...Read more

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Can it be no problem to go to work with pink eye?

Can it be no problem to go to work with pink eye?

No: Acute viral conjunctivitis can be contagious, and an ophthalmologist would fill out a work excuse notice. ...Read more

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I have a pink eye. Is it okay to go back to work?

It depends: "Pink eye" is a very broad term describing infectious and non-infectious conjunctivitis. If you have an eye infection, then control of its spread is important. If your eye is red due to blepharitis or other non-infectious cause you may go back to work despite the cosmetic appearance. Best to ask your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Are you allowed to go outside if you have pink eye?

Are you allowed to go outside if you have pink eye?

Yes: Pink eye is due it infection of the eye. It can spread to othe people by close contact. Unless it irritates your eyes, you may go outside. Always use sunglasses to protect your eyes fom bright sunshine, whether you have pink eye or not. ...Read more

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If I have pink eye can I still go trick- or-treating?

If I have pink eye can I still go trick- or-treating?

You could....: You could but it's often highly contagious, so you would probably spread it to lots of other people. Better to pass on the candy this year (or get someone else to bring you some). ...Read more

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How long willit usually take for pink eye to go away?

How long willit usually take for pink eye to go away?

Pink eye: Symptoms of conjunctivitis with good care usually takes 3-4 days to heal. If persist, contact your doc. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for pink eye to go away?

How long does it usually take for pink eye to go away?

Pink eye: Normal pink eye due to a virus runs its course in 1-2 weeks. The duration due to other issues varies significantly. See an eye doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pink eye to go away by itself?

How long does it take for pink eye to go away by itself?

Depends: Depends on cause. Viral can be 7-21 days. If it is due to dry eyes, it may not go away until you treat the underlying condition. You need to be examined to determine cause and treatment. You will then have a better idea of how long it will take to resolve or if you need treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more