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Conjunctivitis

WHAT IS IT?

Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the clear tissue that overlies the white (sclera) of the eye. It may be contagious, depending on the cause.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Red, swollen eyelids
  • Discharge and crusting of the eyelashes
  • Lids may be stuck shut upon awakening
  • Light sensitvity
  • Blurry vision

WHAT CAUSES IT?

It may be caused by a virus (often known as “pink eye”), bacteria, allergens or irritants.

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HOW IS IT TREATED?

Treatment may consist of lid scrubs, antibiotic/steroid/allergy medications, lubricants and repeated had washing. Eye makeup and contact lens should be discontinued during this period.