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Conjunctivitis - Symptoms and Treatment


Conjunctivitis is one of the vision related viral ,which causes inflammation on the lining of the eyelids which results in redness or eye pain or discomfort, stickiness, tearing and chemosis. Conjunctivitis is popularily known as "Pink eye". In it there is Inflammation of the conjunctiva, the membrane that lines the inner surface of the eyelids.

In other words inflammation of conjuctiva is called as conjunctivitis. The conjunctiva is the thin, clear membrane over the white part of the eye it also lines the eyelids. The conjunctiva is the thin, clear membrane over the white part of the eye; it also lines the eyelids. Inflammation of this membrane is called conjunctivitis.

Causes of Conjunctivitis

Following are main causes :

  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • An allergic reaction
  • A chemical splash in the eye
  • A foreign object in the eye

Symptoms of Conjunctivitis

Person can face following signs of Conjunctivitis

1)Mostly both eyes are affected, but often one starts before the other.

2)The eye is red, with the blood vessels over the white of the eye more visible and swollen. The lining of the eyelids also looks redder or pinker than usual.

3)The eye is sticky, with a discharge, which is worse when you wake up.

4)Itching and redness in the eyes

5)Sometimes people do not like to be in bright light (photophobia).

6)Excessive eye watering and a light discharge

Treatment of Conjunctivitis

For treatment of Conjunctivitis care should be taken that infected person should not touch the infected eye and then touch the other eye without first washing his or her hands, as it is very easy to infect others by spreading the germs on your fingers or on tissues etc. If their is bacterial infection then doctor will prescribe to use antibiotic eye drops or ointment as necessary. Viral Conjunctivitis cannot be treated throgh eye drops or ointment patients body will have to fight off the infection.


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