Conjunctivitis is a common condition affecting one or both eyes. It causes inflammation of the thin layer of tissue – known as the conjunctiva – that covers the front of they eye and inner surfaces of the eyelids.
What is conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis, also known as red or pink eye, is an eye condition caused by three main issues. An infection which can be bacterial or viral, an allergic reaction which more commonly causes itching or an irritant when the eyes comes into contact with an irritating substance such as shampoo or a loose eyelash.
What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis?
Symptoms can vary. For most people the main indicator is pink, bloodshot or puffy appearance. Other symptoms include:
- A burning or gritty sensation
- Sticky or crust eyelashes
How can conjunctivitis be treated?
Treatment isn’t always necessary, as symptoms usually improve on their own after a couple of weeks. However, treatment depends on what is causing the condition – if it is a bacterial infection, then your GP may prescribe antibiotics. But these won’t work if it’s viral.
Avoid further irritation by not wearing contact lenses or eye make up.