Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Are All Forms the Same?

Does one or both of your eyes look pink or red in the mirror? Have they recently started to water, burn, itch or become sensitive to light? Did you wake up with green, yellow or clear discharge coming out of your eyes? If so, you may have a form of conjunctivitis (also known as pink eye).

In the video below, Dr. Ryan Corte discusses what you need to know about pink eye.

If you don’t like the video or want more information, continue reading.

What is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is a very common condition where your eyes appear pink (or red) due to the swelling of the clear tissue that’s over the white part of your eye and inside part of your eyelids.

Here's what pink eye (conjunctivitis) looks like

Most commonly caused by a virus, bacteria or your allergies, not all forms of pink eye are treated the same and should be evaluated by an eye care professional.

If you think you have pink eye, it’s important to frequently wash your hands and disinfect any surfaces you’ve touched as some forms are very contagious.

If you have pink eye, stay out of contact lenses!

Also, if you wear contact lenses, make sure to stay out of them and wear your glasses until further notice.

Concerned you have conjunctivitis? What are you waiting for? Make sure to schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today!

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Ryan Corte, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte was born and raised in Novi, MI where he attended Novi High School. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science in 2008. He also attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012. Dr. Corte completed an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. During his residency, he obtained advanced clinical competency to practice optometry at the highest level as well as provided educational assistance and supervision of third and fourth year students as a clinical faculty member. He now practices just north of Charlotte, NC at Northlake Eye. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Corte has contributed to optometry through multiple leadership roles. He is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association and is currently serving on the Young ODs and Membership committee of the North Carolina Optometric Society Optometric. He also was a senior journalist for and is a co-founder of Dr. Corte thrives on involvement and looks forward to remaining very active throughout his professional career. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.