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.

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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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Dr. Ryan Corte is an experienced leader with a strong passion for health and wellness education and information transparency. He believes that simplifying health and wellness information helps improve comprehension. This drives greater compliance and better life choices. He is an entrepreneurial professional with a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University. He also completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Illinois College of Optometry. 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.