Health-Related Links -- Pinkeye

Symptoms

  • red, irritated eyes
  • itching or scratchy feeling in the eye
  • swelling of the eyelid
  • tearing or purulent discharge

Treatment

  • antibiotic eye drops for bacterial infections
  • apply cool compresses to help decrease swelling
  • avoid wearing contact lens until symptoms subside
  • wash hands frequently to prevent spread of infection
  • avoid touching the eyes

Get Advice For

  • eye pain
  • blurred vision
  • fever or headache
  • symptoms persisting over 3 days
  • thick or colored eye drainage

Prevention

  • don't share cosmetics
  • don't share washcloths or towels
  • don't swim in lakes or contaminated pools
  • don't use other people's eye medications
  • wash hands frequently
  • avoid use of eye make-up
  • avoid exposure to eye irritants