Conjunctivitis is the medical name for pink eye. It involves inflammation of the outer layer of the eye and inside of the eyelid. It can cause swelling, itching, burning, discharge, and redness. Causes include
- Bacterial or viral infection
- Substances that cause irritation
- Contact lens products, eye drops, or eye ointments
Pinkeye usually does not affect vision. Infectious pink eye can easily spread from one person to another. The infection will clear in most cases without medical care, but bacterial pinkeye needs treatment with antibiotic eye drops or ointment.
NIH: National Eye Institute
Diagnosis and Tests
- Dilating Eye Drops (American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus)
Treatments and Therapies
- Choosing Wisely When It Comes to Eye Care: Antibiotics for Pink Eye (American Academy of Ophthalmology)
- Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (Logical Images)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Conjunctivitis (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Efficacy of Houttuynia eye drops for the treatment of vernal keratoconjunctivitis:...
- Article: Ocular Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum: US Preventive Services Task Force...
- Article: Ocular Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum: Updated Evidence Report and Systematic...
- Pinkeye -- see more articles