Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or swelling of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye. Often called "pink eye," conjunctivitis is a common eye disease, especially in children.
Symptoms include redness, itching and tearing of the eyes. It can also lead to discharge or crusting around the eyes.
People may experience:
Pain areas: in the eyes
redness, irritation, redness of eyelid, discharge, dryness, itchiness, puffy eyes, swollen lining of the eye, or watery eyes.
congestion, runny nose, or sneezing
sensitivity to light
Treatment consists of self-care:
It's important to stop wearing contact lenses whilst affected by conjunctivitis. It often resolves on its own, but treatment can speed the recovery process. Allergic conjunctivitis can be treated with antihistamines. Bacterial conjunctivitis can be treated with antibiotic eye drops.