An infection of the eye in which results from the inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear membrane that covers the white part of the eye and the interior lining of the eyelids. Pink eye will cause the eyes to be watery, itchy and irritated.

Symptoms

Those infected with conjunctivitis will have a pink eye, accompanied by itching, stinging, burning, irritation, pain, grittiness, crusting and light sensitivity. The way your eye looks and feels will help you determine which form of pink eye you’ve contracted. Those with allergic conjunctivitis will experience itching, redness, excessive tearing in both eyes. Sometimes accompanied by stuffy, itchy and/or runny nose.

Causes

Non-contagious forms can be caused by environmental irritants, such as allergens, dust and smoke.

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Treatment

Allergic conjunctivitis can be treated with artificial tears, which will dilute the allergens trapped in tear ducts, and antihistamine pills or eye drops may help alleviate symptoms. Symptoms caused by all forms of conjunctivitis can be diminished by placing a warm compress on the outside of your eyes, and using lubricating eye drops.