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Do I have pink eye or an eye infection, and what's the difference?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Infection v. allergy

Most "pink eyes" are due to allergy or irritation.
These cause redness, clear discharge, minimal effect on the vision and sometimes itchiness. Infection is more severe, painful, may drop the vision a good bit and will commonly have swelling and cloudy discharge. If you are uncertain, your ophthalmologist will sort this out for you.

In brief: Infection v. allergy

Most "pink eyes" are due to allergy or irritation.
These cause redness, clear discharge, minimal effect on the vision and sometimes itchiness. Infection is more severe, painful, may drop the vision a good bit and will commonly have swelling and cloudy discharge. If you are uncertain, your ophthalmologist will sort this out for you.
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