Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
5 minute read
28 Jun 2021
5:15 am

Tips and prevention on how not to catch pink eye

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

Treatment normally focuses on symptom relief, like using eye drops.

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Inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) that lines your eyelid and covers the white part of your eyeball is called conjunctivitis. When small blood vessels in the conjunctiva become inflamed, they become more visible. This is what causes the whites of your eyes to appear reddish or pink. It is commonly caused by a bacterial or viral infection, an allergic reaction, or in babies an incompletely opened tear duct. As irritating as it is, it rarely affects your vision. Treatment can help ease the discomfort. It can be contagious. People who wear contact lenses need to stop wearing...