PUBLIC HEALTH FACT SHEET
What is Pink-eye?
Pink-eye, also called conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the eye and eyelid usually caused by a bacteria or virus.
How is it spread?
Pink-eye is easily passed from one infected eye to the other, or to other people who contact infected drainage.
How is it treated?
- Use the eye drops or ointment that your doctor prescribes for the number of days that he/she tells you. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after treating your eyes. Avoid contact with the tip of the container.
- Use a wet washcloth to soften the drainage when cleaning your eyes.
- Launder washcloths and towels in hot soapy water after each use.
- Do not scratch or rub your eyes. Use tissues for drainage.
How can we prevent Pink-eye?
- Keep hands/fingers away from eyes. Use a tissue to clean them.
- Wash hands with soap and water before and after eye contact.
- Use separate towels and washcloths for each person in the home.
SYPMTOMS OF PINK-EYE
- Red and swollen eyelids
- Pain or itching in the eyes
- Thick yellow drainage from the eyes
- Sensitivity to light