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Did You Know: Conjunctivitis

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Back to school can, unfortunately, mean higher chances of “pink eye” or conjunctivitis for our kids. Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the conjunctiva (the clear tissue that covers the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelids).

Conjunctivitis can be very contagious. It is not uncommon to see all family members with this. It is usually caused by a virus or bacteria. It is more common when you are fighting a cold or have a low immune system.

Viral conjunctivitis causes lots of tears, burning red eyes with watery discharge.

Bacterial conjunctivitis causes lots of pus, with itchy sore red eyes.

It is important to rule out allergies or dry eyes or chemical irritation as the other causes of pink eyes.

Book an appointment with your optometrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

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