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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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Do I still have pink eye if I have only red eyes I had pink eye for one day and now all I have is red eye and no symptoms does that mean that I don't have pink eye any more?

Do I still have pink eye if I have only red eyes I had pink eye for one day and now all I have is red eye and no symptoms does that mean that I don't have pink eye any more?

Depends on the cause: There are many causes of redness of the eyes. Several types of inflammatory conditions, allergic reactions, detergents, chemicals, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause redness of the eyes. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have pink eye or red eye?

How do I know if I have pink eye or red eye?

Same thing: Red eye and pink eye are used similarly. They are imprecise lay terms. ...Read more

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When you have pink-eye can you use "red eye" drops along with your pink-eye medication?

When you have pink-eye can you use "red eye" drops along with your pink-eye medication?

No: Red eye drops often irritate the eyes more. Also, the eyes become more red when the effect of the drop wears off. I don't recommend using "red eye" drops at any time. ...Read more

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I wanted to know when you have pink eye can you use red eye drops along with your pink eye medication?

I wanted to know when you have pink eye can you use red eye drops along with your pink eye medication?

Get the red out: ...Drops are safe and ok to use for any temporary condition. The problem with these drops are when they are used chronically, too frequently or for an extended period of time. ...Read more

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Red eye, thick clear coat on eye, scratches when I blink. Could this be pink eye?

Red eye, thick clear coat on eye, scratches when I blink. Could this be pink eye?

Red eye: Yes this is a possibility and should be addressed by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I have 1 really bloody almost all red eye for 3 days. Its not pink eye. There was no impact to eye. No pain or itching. I can see fine. Cause? Remedy?

I have 1 really bloody almost all red eye for 3 days. Its not pink eye. There was no impact to eye. No pain or itching. I can see fine. Cause? Remedy?

Hemorrhage: Sounds like a sub-conjunctival hemorrhage. As long as the vision is unchanged and there is no pain, everything should be fine. This is due to a blood vessel leaking blood and is usually without cause. Sometimes straining or blood thinner can cause this. If it continues to happen, follow up with eye md. Could be episcleritis, use artificial tears. ...Read more

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Child has red eye on one side looks like pink eye but no itching or burning?

Child has red eye on one side looks like pink eye but no itching or burning?

Pink eye: Conjunctivitis or "pink eye" doesn't always itch or burn. Allergic conjunctivitis can resemble infectious conjunctivitis but is usually on both sides. A foreign body is another possibility. You probably should have your pediatrician take a look at it. ...Read more

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Woke up this morning with a watery, red eye, with yellow discharge. Now it is less red. Could this be pink eye?

Woke up this morning with a watery, red eye, with yellow discharge. Now it is less red. Could this be pink eye?

Yes and NO: More likely an allergic reaction/ Irritation.
Rx with Cold compresses (ice pack and wipe with ice cold wipes periodically.)
Avoid wearing Contacts (If you have one)
If redness and watering continues even tomorrow, please get examined. ...Read more

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Are there any consequences of mixing polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) pink eye drops with visene red eye drops?

Probably none: You simply will have diluted the concentration of the active ingredients by the amount of mix that you have made. There is nothing incompatible in these solutions. ...Read more

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I've had pink eye for about 2 and half weeks. Went to doc doctor last week, took tobramycin, now still have a red eye. What to do?

I've had pink eye for about 2 and half weeks. Went to doc doctor last week, took tobramycin, now still have a red eye. What to do?

Go back to doctor: You need to be re evaluated for persistant pink eye, it may be something more than just infection. It could be an inflammation due to allegy, or underlying iritis, you may need to see an opthalmologist if your doctor feels you should. ...Read more

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How to reduce pink-eye redness fast--visine?

How to reduce pink-eye redness fast--visine?

Eyedrops: If you need to get rid of the redness for instance for a picture, you can use drops labeled "gets the red out". However this is a temporary effect and will not work well if the cause is infectious pink eye. You may have to wait it out and if your vision is affected or there is significant pain due to your red eye, you probably should see your ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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How to deal with a corneal ulcer I went to the outpatient clinic yesterday because I had pain in my eye, redness, and sensitivity to light. Thought perhaps pink eye but the doctor there told me it was small corneal ulcer. He prescribed two eye drops, ci

How to deal with a corneal ulcer I went to the outpatient clinic yesterday because I had pain in my eye, redness, and sensitivity to light. Thought perhaps pink eye but the doctor there told me it was small corneal ulcer. He prescribed two eye drops, ci

Zylet: Zylet is an unusual medication for a corneal ulcer. And infect, it is the wrong medicine for you. You are already on gentamicin and the active antibiotic in zylet is tobrmycin which is a same class of medicine as gentamicin. You will be served better with ciprofoloxacin than zylet. Zylet also has steroid in it, which makes it a wrong medicine for corneal ulcer.

You said you went to see "opt", I presume that you mean optometrist. I strongly recommend seeing an ophthalmologist. If you can find a cornea specialist that will be better. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pink eye? Eye redness, white discharge, feels like eyelash stuck, tender/swelling around, have strep throat. Do I need to see a Dr? Anything I can do?

Yes: You need to see your doctor and start antibiotics, if you haven't already, as for your eyes, you may very well have conjunctivitis, most probably, your doctor would prescribe antibiotics locally too, or refer you to an ophthalmologist if need be, good luck ...Read more

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How can I differentiate pink eye from allergic red eyes?

How can I differentiate pink eye from allergic red eyes?

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 more

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I had a cold since last week, this Monday I developed really red eyes and crusty Were woke up. Now only one of my eyes is red, is it pink eye?

Colds and pink eye: Many of the viruses that cause a cold/upper respiratory infection can also cause a limited case if pink eye. Some cases are mild and others can be more severe. Typically symptomatic relief with cool compresses, lubricating eye drops and some patience will allow this to pass in a few days. ...Read more

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My 3yr old came home from daycare with very red eyes. No discharge in his eyes. Should I be worried about pink eye?

Yes: "pinkeye", or conjunctivitis, is a very common problem in daycare centers and school. It is often highly contagious, and spreads by touching. There does not have to be discharge for this to be conjunctivitis. Many case are viral, and self limited (go away by themselves) but an exam with a doctor, pediatrician or ophthalmologist, is advised to confirm the diagnosis and see if treatment is required. ...Read more

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Red eye problem - how do I tell if it's conjunctivitis?

Red eye problem - how do I tell if it's conjunctivitis?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I have red eye more than 1 week without any help with antibiotic eye drops. What other underlying causes of red eye other than conjunctivitis?

I have red eye more than 1 week without any help with antibiotic eye drops. What other underlying causes of red eye other than conjunctivitis?

Viral: Majority of pink eyes or conjunctivitis are viral, therefore they have to run their course usually 10-14 days. Antibiotics alone won't make any difference. Antibiotics and mild steroids given under opththalmologists care can decrease the redness. But either way it will there for the full course of it. If only one eye is red then there are many more dx:, iritis, foreign body, to name a couple. ...Read more

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Is all eye redness called conjunctivitis?

No: Conjunctivitis is defined as inflammation of the conjunctiva. One of the principle markers of inflammation is redness caused by dilation of the blood vessels. Therefore, all forms of conjunctivitis have varying degrees of associated redness. However, not all redness is caused by conjunctivitis. For example, a broken blood vessel can cause redness but is not caused by inflammation. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of eye redness from conjunctivitis?

What is the best way to get rid of eye redness from conjunctivitis?

Patience: Conjunctivitis is usually a viral infection of the lining of the eye and the redness and dilation are the bodies response to try and rid itself of the infection. Even if there were a way to get rid of the redness, you would want the defensive responses to remain active. Have patience and your body will win the battle and the redness with recede. ...Read more

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Can I have conjunctivitis (pink eye) without having any pinkness or redness in my eyes?

Possibly: Pink eye, or epidemic keratoconjunctivitis, by definition causes red eyes. As the infection starts to heal, the pink tinge of the conjunctiva (skin over the white of the eye) may diminish to a point where it appears normal, but you may still be contagious. A rule of thumb is that as long as you do not look or feel 100% normal, you may still be infected and contagious. ...Read more

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Is pink eye (bacterial conjunctivitis) painful?

Not usually: Bacterial pink eye (conjunctivitis) usually feels as though there may be something in the eye or may itch or tear. ...Read more

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Can pink eye (bacterial conjunctivitis) supposed to be painful?

Can pink eye (bacterial conjunctivitis) supposed to be painful?

Can be: Bacterial conjunctivitis can be painful or irritating, however if the pain is severe or coupled by blurring, sensitivity to light or associated with local swelling then there may be other underlying conditions requiring further investigation with a trained eye doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have bloodshot eye after pink eye?

During & after: During "pink eye" people generally have red "bloodshot" eyes, and this can persist for a little while once you've treated the pink eye, but it should gradually resolve. If it isn't then you'd need to consider alternative causes of red eye (ex allergies, corneal abrasion, subconjuctival hemorrhage, blepharitis, dry eyes, others), and this may necessitate a trip to the eye doctor. ...Read more

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Think I might have pink eye cause I have some redness in my eyes and its irritating. How can I tell if if have it and how to treat it?

Think I might have pink eye cause I have some redness in my eyes and its irritating. How can I tell if if have it and how to treat it?

Pinkeye: Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, has many causes, including viruses, bacteria, allergy, inflammation, foreign bodies in the eye, etc. The first thing to do is not rub the eye. Then, you could try some cold artificial tears, such as theratears (available over-the-counter). If this does not bring relief within a few hours, call your local eye doctor for an appointment. ...Read more

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Does visine or clear eyes get rid of the redness from pink eye?

Perhaps, but beware!: Visine or clear eyes are otc eye drops sold for red or itchy eyes. These medications work primarily by vasoconstriction of the inflamed blood vessels of the outer layer of the eye--common to eye allergies or irritation. However, these are not useful for red eyes due to infection. It is best to consult with your eye doctor to select the best treatment for you. An eye antibiotic may prove better. ...Read more

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I have just contracted bacterial conjunctivitis and have to fly home from asia tomorrow what should I do? My eye is very red and blurred and weaping.

I have just contracted bacterial conjunctivitis and have to fly home from asia tomorrow what should I do? My eye is very red and blurred and weaping.

See Doctor: You will need to be seen by doctor for exam and then prescribed antibiotic eye drops if indicated. Not sure if there are walk-in clinics where you are currently but that would be a good place to start. If you cannot be seen urgently keep area clean, dry. Warm compresses. Then see doc as soon as you get home. ...Read more

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I have bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye), I have antibiotic drops for it and I am applying every two hours. When can I wear eye make up?

I have bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye), I have antibiotic drops for it and I am applying every two hours. When can I wear eye make up?

After treatment: The best thing is to wait until the infection is completely clear, and the antibiotics are finished. You may need to replace your eye make up as well. If you were using it when you got the infection, bacteria may have contaminated the eye make-up. Using it again may re-infect your eyes. ...Read more

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Can I use eye drops to treat the redness from pink eye? I'm using an antibiotic cream from my doctor to cure my pink eye, but it doesn't treat the redness. Is it safe to use visine or something similar to make my eyes less bloodshot? .

Can I use eye drops to treat the redness from pink eye? I'm using an antibiotic cream from my doctor to cure my pink eye, but it doesn't treat the redness. Is it safe to use visine or something similar to make my eyes less bloodshot? .

During: During the course of response to an infection the eyes will become red from dilated blood vessels responding to the inciting agent. Any use of drops to get rid of the red may at times irritate and burn the eye more on application and may have a contra-effect. I recommend using less irritating preservative-free artificial tears such as refresh to help improve the redness. This will be a slow but less irritating process. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take redness relief eye drops when you have pink eye?

Is it safe to take redness relief eye drops when you have pink eye?

Bad idea: These drops will only mask the infection and can result in rebound redness with prolonged use. Use chilled artificial tears in addition to any other drop deemed necessary by your doctor. ...Read more

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Red Eye (Single) (Definition)

Red eye is a symptom in which a one or both of a person's eyes are redder than normal. Redness is usually caused by increased blood (red colored) in the reddened area. Increased blood flow can be due to allergies, inflammation, infection, hormonal changes, nerve problems, drug side effects, etc. ...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