Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva – the thin, protective membrane that covers the surface of the eyeball and inner surface of the eyelids. Caused by bacteria, viruses, allergens and other irritants like smoke and dust. Some types of conjunctivitis can be highly contagious and are usually accompanied by redness in the white of the eye and increased tearing and/or discharge.
While many cases of conjunctivitis improve within two weeks, some can develop into serious corneal inflammation and threaten sight. If you suspect conjunctivitis, call Dr. Elliott for an examination and treatment.