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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)


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Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a common eye problem affecting children and adults. When the clear membrane (conjunctiva) lining your eyelid and covering the white of your eye is infected or inflamed, the condition is called pink eye (conjunctivitis). It lasts from three days to three weeks and may affect one or both eyes.

Generally, pink eye is caused by a virus that often accompanies the flu or a cold. However, bacteria, allergies, a foreign object or chemical splash in the eye can also bring on the problem.

It is easily passed to others through close contact, such as a handshake. Getting a prompt diagnosis and starting treatment right away protects you and the people around you. If you have any of the symptoms below, schedule an eye exam as soon as possible.

What are the symptoms of pink eye?

  • Redness
  • Itchiness
  • Grittiness
  • Crusty nighttime discharge that may prevent eyes from opening in the morning
  • Tearing

When you come to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, a part of the University of Miami Health System, you are treated with kindness and respect. Whether you have a complicated eye disorder or a common eye infection, you receive the same professional care.


Eye Examination - This condition is easily diagnosed with an eye examination. If necessary, your eye care professional may take a sample of your eye discharge for further testing.


Cool Compresses - If you catch the problem early, your conjunctivitis may be relieved with simple measures such as cool compresses or eye drops and ointments that relieve itching and redness.

Medications - In many cases, medication is the best way to eliminate pink eye. Your doctor may recommend antibiotic eye drops, antihistamine medication to control allergic reactions or decongestant medication to control inflammation.

Why Choose Bascom Palmer Eye Institute?

The Nation’s Top Eye Care Facility. As the country’s #1 eye care facility*, our doctors not only treat serious and rare eye conditions, they provide excellent care for common eye infections. *U.S. News & World Report

Patient-Centered Care. When your eyes are painful or uncomfortable, it affects every aspect of your routine. Our compassionate eye care professionals understand your discomfort and they address your concerns with fast, accurate diagnosis followed by effective treatment.

University-Based Medicine. Whether your condition is common or complex, when you choose Bascom Palmer, part of the University of Miami, you receive the finest care, state-of-the-art technology, the latest treatments and access to clinical research trials.

Skilled Pediatric Specialists. Conjunctivitis is a common childhood ailment. Our pediatric ophthalmologists use special techniques to make eye exams and treatment easier for babies and children.

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