Pink-Eye

Pink-Eye

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