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Does Pink Eye Cause Headaches
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Eyes that look red (so-called "pink-eye") can be due to many things including bacterial and viral infections, allergies, inflammations, etc. Typically allergic conjunctivitis produces itch. Itching is occasionally noted with bacterial and viral conjunctivitis as well, but less commonly. Blepharitis can produce itching on the lid margins. ...Read more
Viral conjunctivitis: He overwhelming majority of "pink eye" cases are due to viral conjunctival infection. This is usually self limited, dramatic looking, and moderately contagious. There are other causes of eye redness. See your ophthalmologist to sort this out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Pink eye or viral conjunctivitis can be mild or very severe. Most cases are self-limited and the eye recovers back to normal after 2-3 weeks. In severe cases you can have corneal inflammation with vision loss and significant scarring of the conjunctiva. These cases require stronger topical prescription eye drops and can cause permanent change or loss of vision. ...Read more
Not usually: but I can think of a couple of things which may lead to photophobia as a secondary phenomenon: (1) if the cornea is scratched from rubbing, it may cause photophobia due to transient changes in refraction. (2) If one were to use eye drops containing an antihistamine, the anti-cholinergic effect from the type of antihistamine may cause some pupil dilation leading to photophobia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Itching: Both pink eye (a highly contagious infection most often caused by viruses) and allergy eyes can be red, have copious amounts of drainage, and be mattered shut in the mornings. Itching may be the best way to differentiate between the two. Itch is a hallmark for allergic reactions; not much else involves the eyes, ears, nose, and throat like allergies. A doctor can help tell the difference too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It does not cause it: Just like within the body there are many parts, although one organ, the eye is very similar with many parts as well. Where floaters occur in the eye is separate from the area where the effects of glaucoma occur, which is the optic nerve. Floaters are typically black spots that appear real like gnats in front of you. Vision loss from glaucoma is like dark patches in vision that don't go away. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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