Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an infection that affects the eye’s conjunctiva, a thin layer under your eyelid. Conjunctivitis has many root causes, but all can have symptoms of redness, itchiness, excessive tearing, and discharge coming from your eye.
- Viral conjunctivitis is a highly contagious form of the disease that is caused by contracting a virus. This doesn’t necessarily need treatment, but a visit to an optometrist can help set you on the right path for relief.
- Allergic conjunctivitis happens as a result of an allergic reaction from dust, pollen, or pet hair. If you are experiencing an allergic reaction, you can mitigate your symptoms through eye drops or allergy medication.
- Bacterial conjunctivitis is contracted by bacteria and often needs antibiotics to cure effectively. This version of the disease is also highly contagious, so visit an optometrist as soon as you can for relief.