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Conjunctivitis, otherwise known as pink eye is a minor infection that is usually not serious. Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva which is the tissue covering the eye and the inner surface of the eyelid. It is commonly due to an infection or an allergic reaction. The most common symptoms include redness, itchiness, grittiness, tearing and discharge.    Your doctor may prescribe antibiotic eye drops or one of many different eye drops for people with allergies.  To help cope with the symptoms of pink eye your Optometrist or Ophthalmologist may suggest some things to try at home until it goes away.  Cool or warm compresses on the eyelid will help sooth the eye.  Over the counter artificial tears may also relieve some of the uncomfortable ness of pink eye. If you wear contact lenses, you may need to stop wearing hem until your eyes feel better.  You may also need to throw away disposable contact lenses or thoroughly clean lenses that aren’t disposable.  Practice good hygiene to control the spread of conjunctivitis.  Although the symptoms of pink eye may resolve in three or four days, patients with viral conjunctivitis may be contagious for a week or more.

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