Conjunctivitis also known as pinkeye is one of the most common and treatable eye conditions in children and adults which occurs when there’s an inflammation of the thin tissue inside of the eyelid. Conjunctivitis may occur from bacterial allergies or a virus.
Symptoms for pinkeye include:
- Reddness of the eye
- Duscharge from the eye
- Excessive tearing
- Fever burning or itchy eyes
- Blurred vision
Symptoms can vary between patients, however if you are experiencing a range of these symptoms, consider consulting the doctor.
To help you cope with the signs and symptoms of pink eye until it goes away, try to:
- Apply a compress to your eyes: To make a compress, soak a clean, lint-free cloth in water and wring it out before applying it gently to your closed eyelids. Generally, a cool water compress will feel the most soothing, but you can also use a warm compress if that feels better to you. If pink eye affects only one eye, don’t touch both eyes with the same cloth. This reduces the risk of spreading pink eye from one eye to the other.
- Try eyedrops: Over-the-counter eyedrops called artificial tears may relieve symptoms. Some eyedrops contain antihistamines or other medications that can be helpful for people with allergic conjunctivitis.
- Stop wearing contact lenses: If you wear contact lenses, you may need to stop wearing them until your eyes feel better. How long you’ll need to go without contact lenses depends on what’s causing your conjunctivitis. Ask your doctor whether you should throw away your disposable contacts, as well as your cleaning solution and lens case. If your lenses aren’t disposable, clean them thoroughly before reusing them.