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How do you get pink eye?

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Dr. Leonardo Dacanay
Ophthalmology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Most commonly viral

"pinkeye" is a general term for inflammation of the white of the eye, or conjunctivitis.
It is often viral, but can be bacterial or even allergic. Some forms of viral pinkeye can be quite debilitating, even leading to visual loss. Recent antiviral medications have proved quite effective against the more severe forms of conjunctivitis, so be sure to see your eye doctor at the first signs.

In brief: Most commonly viral

"pinkeye" is a general term for inflammation of the white of the eye, or conjunctivitis.
It is often viral, but can be bacterial or even allergic. Some forms of viral pinkeye can be quite debilitating, even leading to visual loss. Recent antiviral medications have proved quite effective against the more severe forms of conjunctivitis, so be sure to see your eye doctor at the first signs.
Dr. Leonardo Dacanay
Dr. Leonardo Dacanay
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Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Bad luck or hygiene

Most "pink eye" is caused by a viral infection on the inner part of the eyelid and thin moist "skin"covering the eyeball-called the conjunctiva.
Once infected its called "conjunctivitis." you infect your eye when you touch a surface (or person) with the virus and rub your eye-transfering the virus. Frequent hand washing helps prevent this. Sharing towels or pillows can also cause infection.

In brief: Bad luck or hygiene

Most "pink eye" is caused by a viral infection on the inner part of the eyelid and thin moist "skin"covering the eyeball-called the conjunctiva.
Once infected its called "conjunctivitis." you infect your eye when you touch a surface (or person) with the virus and rub your eye-transfering the virus. Frequent hand washing helps prevent this. Sharing towels or pillows can also cause infection.
Dr. Bruce Saran
Dr. Bruce Saran
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