Does my child have pink eye?
What is pink eye?
Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva (tissue that lines the inner eyelid), which results in swollen blood vessels and the pink or red color.
What are the common symptoms of pink eye?
- redness of the eye or inside the eyelids
- irritation and increased sensitivity to light
- blurry vision
- increased production of tears
- crusting of around the eyelids (common to wake up with this)
- swelling of the eyelids
What causes pink eye?
Viruses, allergens, bacteria, and other irritants may cause pink eye
When should I visit the healthcare provider?
Most cases of pink eye are mild and resolve on their own without treatment. However, you should see a healthcare provider if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Moderate to severe eye pain
- Discharge, crusting, or excessive tearing
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred vision
- Intense redness in one or both eyes
- Bacterial pink eye that does not improve after 24 hours of antibiotic use
How do I prevent pink eye from spreading?
Pink eye is very contagious and spreads easily. You can prevent pink eye by doing the following:
- Washing hands with soap and warm water frequently
- Avoid touching or rubbing eyes
- Avoid sharing eyeglasses and makeup and other personal items
- Stop wearing contact lenses until the pink eye resolves
Schools may require infected children to stay home until 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment For more information, visit the CDC at www.cdc.gov/features/conjunctivitis/