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Pink Eye

Outlook for Pink Eye

If caused by a virus, pink eye gets better over time with or without treatment. When care is taken to prevent its spread and follow-up is done, pink eye clears up with no long-term problems.

  • Pink eye (viral conjunctivitis) usually goes away in 10-14 days, but symptoms may last for up to six weeks.
  • Damage to the cornea (the clear covering over the iris) may occur if infections are not treated.

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Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler, MD on November 06, 2013

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