Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
This term describes a group of diseases that cause
swelling, itching, burning, and redness of the conjunctiva,
the protective membrane that lines the eyelids and covers
exposed areas of the sclera, or white of the eye.
Conjunctivitis can spread from one person to another and
affects millions of Americans at any given time.
Conjunctivitis can be caused by a bacterial or viral
infection, allergy, environmental irritants, a contact lens
product, eyedrops, or eye ointments.
At its onset, conjunctivitis is usually painless and does not
adversely affect vision. The infection will clear in most
cases without requiring medical care. But for some forms
of conjunctivitis, treatment will be needed. If treatment is
delayed, the infection may worsen and cause corneal
inflammation and a loss of vision.
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