Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a condition caused by inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the clear membrane that covers the white part of your eyeball. It also lines the inside of your eyelid. If the small blood vessels in your conjunctiva get inflamed, they become visible and appear to be a light red or pinkish in color. That’s what gives the condition its name.
Pink eye is most often caused by a viral or bacterial infection, but it can be an allergic reaction. It can affect one eye or both. It’s a condition that rarely affects your vision. Pink eye is highly contagious, however, so if you suspect you have conjunctivitis, you should seek treatment from your local Optometrist or Ophthalmologist quickly to help keep it from spreading.
If you are having any abnormal symptoms, you should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by a physician for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan as it may be a symptom or sign of a serious illness or condition.