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Doctor insights on: Viral Conjuctivitis

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

Conjunctivitis is 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 the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva to dilate, thus leading to a redness of the eye. Depending on the cause of the conjunctitis there can also be itching, irritation, and discharge ...Read more


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What else besides bacterial or viral conjuctivitis can cause severe light sensivitity in a small child?

What else besides bacterial or viral conjuctivitis can cause severe light sensivitity in a small child?

Many things: There can be problems in the retina (back of the eye), they can have central nervous system issues like meningitis, and other issues. This is something which should prompt you to see a pediatrician. ...Read more

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I got blurry vision due to viral conjuctivitis.Its been 2 weeks now im using a couple of eye drops. No significant improvement.Is it serious?

I got blurry vision due to viral conjuctivitis.Its been 2 weeks now im using a couple of eye drops. No significant improvement.Is it serious?

Yes!: Viral conjunctivitis can cause serious and irreversible corneal scarring. This must be attended to promptly and competently. This must be seen and followed by an ophthalmologist; this is beyond the care level that an optometrist can provide. This may even be an issue that may need to be elevated to the level of a cornea specialist. Do not delay! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis (viral)?

What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis (viral)?

Conjunctivitis: Pink eye is the common term for viral infection of the eye. It may affect one eye but commonly affects both. The eye is red, has a clear discharge, may be a little swollen, sometimes is light sensitive and usually is irritated but not painful. Since it is infectious, others around you might also have the same thing or you may spread yours to them. ...Read more

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Taking drops for conjunctivitis for the past 3 days. Is this viral instead? When could I return to work?

Taking drops for conjunctivitis for the past 3 days. Is this viral instead? When could I return to work?

Viral conjunctivitis: Most cases of conjunctivitis are viral. The thing you have to keep in mind is its very very very contagious. You could easily spread it through your office. The best guide..even though the viral shedding has likely past is when the reds gone..your ready to return. Flushing with saline to remove the antigens more quickly is the best advice I can give you. ...Read more

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Is it likely to have viral conjunctivitis for over a month where it improves and worsens more than once? Or could this be something else entirely?

Is it likely to have viral conjunctivitis for over a month where it improves and worsens more than once? Or could this be something else entirely?

Allergy? Other?: Most cases of viral conjunctivitis don't last this long. Allergy seems more likely; or, as you say, "something else entirely". Contact your doctor. If s/he seems to have any doubt about next steps, ask for referral to an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How can one avoid getting viral conjunctivitis?

How can one avoid getting viral conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Being exposed to someone with conjunctivitis does not necessarily imply that you will catch the infection. Having said that, after being exposed, do not touch that person or allow that person to touch you. Stay some distance from him/her just in case s/he sneezes or coughs on you. If that happens, take a shower and if not, at least wash your hands and face. ...Read more

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Should children be sent to school if they have viral conjunctivitis?

Should children be sent to school if they have viral conjunctivitis?

No: Viral conjunctivitis is contagious and treatment should be initiated before the return to school. Most schools will send this children home. ...Read more

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Can viral conjunctivitis cause a headache?

Can viral conjunctivitis cause a headache?

Possibly: Viral conjunctivitis can sometimes be a part of a larger viral infection. The systemic viral infection can cause headaches. A viral infection confined to the eye can cause photophobia, which can cause a headache. ...Read more