Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

Conjunctivitis is diffuse redness of the sclera (the white part of the eye) with or without discharge.  This is most commonly is caused by bacteria, viruses, allergies and chemical (ex chlorinated pools).  If there is discharge, this is most likely bacterial.  Most conjunctivitis will resolve in 3-4 days even if not treatment is given.  The discharge and tears from the eyes are contagious, so most daycares, preschools and schools will want the child to be treated before returning.  If the eyes are stuck shut from the discharge, use a warm, wet compress to remove the discharge. If itchy may use Benadryl or Claritin.

Call the office if…

  1. Eye(s) are red and there is yellow or green d/c.
  2. Eye(s) are red w/o discharge but last longer than 24 hours
  3. Eye pain
  4. Trauma to the eye
  5. Patient wears contacts