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After I start the drops for pink eye, when will my eye stop being pink?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
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In brief: It takes a while

Pink eye is most commonly caused by a virus and does not respond to medication (including eye drops).
Bacterial eye infections are responsive to medication. The good news is that the infection usually improves within 1 week or so, at which time the redness should go away. Depending on the severity of the infection, it may take up to 2 weeks or longer for the eye to look completely normal.

In brief: It takes a while

Pink eye is most commonly caused by a virus and does not respond to medication (including eye drops).
Bacterial eye infections are responsive to medication. The good news is that the infection usually improves within 1 week or so, at which time the redness should go away. Depending on the severity of the infection, it may take up to 2 weeks or longer for the eye to look completely normal.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. LINDA VARGAS
Ophthalmology
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In brief: It varies

"pink" eye is caused by a virus and it is usually self limited.
Most ophthalmologists will treat their patients with either a combination steroid and antibiotic drop or a antibiotic drop alone. Usually the steroid component is what "quiets" the eye and makes the "redness" resolve quicker.

In brief: It varies

"pink" eye is caused by a virus and it is usually self limited.
Most ophthalmologists will treat their patients with either a combination steroid and antibiotic drop or a antibiotic drop alone. Usually the steroid component is what "quiets" the eye and makes the "redness" resolve quicker.
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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology

In brief: 1-2 weeks

It can take a while depending pn the cause of the infection.
Most pink eye is viral and will clear up in 1-2 weeks whether or not you use any drops.

In brief: 1-2 weeks

It can take a while depending pn the cause of the infection.
Most pink eye is viral and will clear up in 1-2 weeks whether or not you use any drops.
Dr. Beth Friedland
Dr. Beth Friedland
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