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
Pink eye 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 pink eye 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) (VisualDX)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Conjunctivitis (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Conjunctivitis and other ocular findings in patients with COVID-19 infection.
- Article: Management of dupilumab-associated ocular surface diseases in atopic dermatitis patients.
- Article: Predictive Accuracy and Densitometric Analysis of Point-of-Care Immunoassay for Adenoviral Conjunctivitis.
- Pink Eye -- see more articles
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