Pink eye is an inflammation of the inside of the eyelid (conjunctiva) and the white part of the eyeball. This inflammation makes blood vessels more visible and gives the eye a pink or reddish color.
Please watch your child for the following symptoms. If your child has the symptoms below, you should call your child’s healthcare provider for guidance.
- Redness or swelling of the white of the eye or inside the eyelids
- An increased amount of tears
- Eye discharge which may be clear, yellow, white, or green
- Itchy, irritated, and/or burning eyes
- Gritty feeling in the eye
- Crusting of the eyelids or lashes
- Contact lenses that feel uncomfortable and/or do not stay in place on the eye
There are four main causes of pink eye. Sometimes it is hard to know the exact cause of pink eye because some signs and symptoms may be the same no matter the cause
- Viruses (like the common cold).
- Allergens (from pollen, pets, or dust mites)
- Irritants (like swimming pool chlorine)