What is Pink Eye?

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis or “pinkeye”, can be very scary when you first experience it. You will likely feel itchy and uncomfortable, eyes look crusty and red. Your conjunctiva (the white part surrounding your pupils) turns blood red or entirely pink—hence the name.

How contagious is pink eye?

Pink eye is easy to catch. Coughing, sneezing, or touching can spread the infection, and it can be very contagious in the right conditions.

It is very common among school age kids and extremely contagious, which means that you should avoid contact with others as much as possible for the first couple of days after contracting the infection. Covering your mouth and repeatedly washing your hands with hot, soapy water can help limit it from spreading.

If you or your child has pink eye, try to limit contact with others as much as possible. That means no school or work for the first 24 – 48 hours after contracting it, which is generally the bacterial pink eye contagious period.

What is pink eye?

Pink eye is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear membrane that covers our eyes.

Pink eye can stem from either a bacterial or viral infection. Telling the difference between the two isn’t always obvious. Bacterial pink eye usually has more crusting form overnight. This will be from an eye discharge.

If you think you may have pink eye, please call us to schedule an office visit as soon as possible to get a correct diagnosis and medication.  We also need to make sure it isn’t being spread amongst the community.

Torrey Carlson, O.D.


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