Vision Conditions

Conjunctivitis

ConjunctivitisConjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye. Often called “pink eye,” conjunctivitis is a common eye disease, especially in children. Symptoms of conjunctivitis include a gritty feeling in one or both eyes, an itching or burning sensation, excessive tearing or other discharge, swollen eyelids, pink discoloration to the whites, and increased sensitivity to light.

While conjunctivitis is usually a minor eye infection, it sometimes can develop into a more serious problem. Some forms of conjunctivitis can be highly contagious and easily spread in schools and at home. Conjunctivitis may be caused by a viral or bacterial infection or by irritants in the air such as pollen and smoke, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics or other products that come in contact with the eyes. Sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are also possible, but less common causes of conjunctivitis.