Both viral and bacterial pinkeye (conjunctivitis)
usually improve after 5 to 7 days, and symptoms clear up by 7 to 10 days. With
antibiotic treatment for bacterial pinkeye, symptoms go away more quickly than
Pinkeye infections caused by certain other infections (such as
meningitis) may cause more long-term problems if not
treated. But these infections usually cause the types of symptoms in the
first 2 to 3 days that would cause a person to seek medical care.
It's important to keep in mind that most people with open-angle glaucoma, the most common type, have no symptoms until they have lost a significant amount of vision.
The condition can be prevented, but once vision is lost, it is irreversible. That is why it's very important to get regular exams with an eye doctor, particularly if there is a family history of glaucoma.
Symptoms of glaucoma vary, depending on its type.
Eye pain and sensitivity to light that increases in the first 5 to 7
days may mean you have a more serious eye problem. Any symptom that has not
improved after 7 days needs to be evaluated by a doctor.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
November 2, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 02, 2011
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