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When should I seek medical care for pinkeye?

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Call your eye doctor if any of the following symptoms develop (if you cannot reach your eye doctor, go to the hospital's emergency department):

  • If there is yellow or green discharge from your eye or if your eyelids are stuck together in the morning
  • If you have high fever, shaking chills, face pain, or vision loss
  • If you have severe pain in your eye when you look into a bright light
  • If you have blurred vision, have double vision, or see rings of light (halos) around objects If symptoms remain mild but the redness does not improve within two weeks, a consultation with an eye doctor is necessary. The doctor will determine if eye drops or ointments are needed or, in more serious cases, oral or intravenous antibiotics.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Pink Eye: Usually Mild and Easy to Treat."

Mayo Clinic: "Pink eye (conjunctivitis)."

KidsHealth.org: "Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)."
 

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 21, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Pink Eye: Usually Mild and Easy to Treat."

Mayo Clinic: "Pink eye (conjunctivitis)."

KidsHealth.org: "Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)."
 

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 21, 2018

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