Pink Eye

What is “Pink Eye” (conjunctivitis)?

“Pink Eye” or Conjunctivitis may be caused by a virus, a bacterial infection or allergies. Eye symptoms may include the following:

  • Pink or redness of the eye(s)
  • Tearing or “goopy” crusted discharge, with the eyelids getting “stuck” together
  • Itchiness or burning sensation


How to Take Care of Yourself with Pink Eye

  • If you wear contacts, stop wearing the contacts until the symptoms have resolved or you are told it is OK to use them again. If your contacts are disposable, you will throw them away and start fresh
  • Warm compresses may be used for 10-15 minutes about 3-4 times daily to speed healing and decrease redness
  • Discard eye make up that was used while you had pink eye
  • Avoid touching the face or eyes; and wash hands frequently. Avoid sharing towels and other personal items


Seek Medical Help Immediately If:

  • Any sharp or severe eye pain
  • Any facial rashes or vesicles that look like blisters around the eyes
  • Any visual changes
  • Any known eye trauma or injury; or sensation of a foreign body in the eye
  • Any increased sensitivity to light
  • Any symptoms that persist without improvement for more than 48 hours