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Conjunctivitis, otherwise knows as pink eye, is a very common eye condition. It is also very treatable and can affect both adults and children. Symptoms usually include redness and/or swelling of the white part of the eye. Patients may also experience itchiness and burning, discharge, sensitivity to light and a gritty feeling or crusting of the eyelids. There are three types of conjunctivitis- Allergic conjunctivitis, Viral conjunctivitis and Bacterial conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious. Usually, this is caused by irritants in the air. Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are very contagious, and likely will require eye drops from an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist. There are some at home steps can be taken to help relieve some of the discomfort of pink eye. Warm compresses can be used to sooth viral or bacterial conjunctivitis. Cool compresses are more effective allergic conjunctivitis. Good hygiene can help prevent the spread of these infections. Make sure to wash hands often and avoid touching your eyes with your hands. Replace eye makeup often, and do not share with others. Also, cleaning contact lenses properly and following the instructions on the box for disposable contacts are also very important steps to help avoid contracting pink eye.

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