Conjunctivitis Guide

Often referred to as pink eye or red eye, conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva of the eye.  Typical symptoms are red or pink coloured eyes and sometimes a pus-like discharge.  The conjunctiva covers the white part of the eye known as the sclera.  This thin membrane coats and lubricates the eye surface.  If the conjunctiva becomes irritated the tiny blood vessels on the surface of the eye become enlarged and more prominent, making the eye appear pink or red.

Conjunctivitis usually affects both eyes at the same time.  Initially it can begin in one eye and within a few days, spread to the other eye which it can affect to a more or lesser extent.

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