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Could your eyes be red because of pinkeye?

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  • Also known as conjunctivitis, pinkeye is when the lining inside your eyelid and the white of your eye become inflamed. Causes can include a virus, bacteria, an allergy, or irritants like swimming pool chlorine. It’s very common, especially among children, and is very contagious. Other symptoms include: More tears than usual
  • Your eyes burn, itch, or feel gritty
  • White, yellow, or green discharge from your eyes
  • Your eyes are more sensitive to light
  • You get a crust on your eyelid or eyelashes

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Types of Allergies: Eye Allergy.”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Dry Eye.”

Centers for Disease Control: “Pink Eye: Usually Mild and Easy to Treat.”

Mayo Clinic: “Subconjunctival hemorrhage (broken blood vessel in eye).”

Mayo Clinic: “Symptoms: Red Eye.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “What Is Glaucoma?”

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on April 16, 2020

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Types of Allergies: Eye Allergy.”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Dry Eye.”

Centers for Disease Control: “Pink Eye: Usually Mild and Easy to Treat.”

Mayo Clinic: “Subconjunctival hemorrhage (broken blood vessel in eye).”

Mayo Clinic: “Symptoms: Red Eye.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “What Is Glaucoma?”

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on April 16, 2020

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