The conjunctiva is a thin membrane that covers the inner surface of the eyelid and the white part of the eyeball (the sclera).
Inflammation of the conjunctiva is called conjunctivitis. It makes the white of the eye look red.
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Review Date 11/4/2021
Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.