Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
4 minute read
1 Jun 2020
12:06 pm

What you need to know about conjunctivitis

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

In both children and adults, conjunctivitis can cause inflammation in the cornea that can affect vision.

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Conjunctivitis is inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) that lines your eyelid and covers the white part of your eyeball. 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. Treatments can help ease the discomfort of the inflammation. It can be contagious, therefore early diagnosis and treatment...