Pink eye refers to the redness or irritation of the membranes on the inner part of the eyelids & the white of the eyes. Viral & bacterial forms of pink eye are very common in childhood but affect people of all ages. Pink eye can be classified as either infectious or non-infectious.
Infectious pink eye can be caused by a virus or bacteria. Viral pink eye symptoms are usually more of a watery discharge, not green or yellow. The eyelids may be swollen and the eyes can be sensitive to light.
Bacterial pink eye symptoms include: eye pain, swelling & redness and yellow or greenish discharge. Both types of pink eye are very contagious and your doctor should be contacted if you suspect you or your child have this eye condition.
To avoid the spread of this infection wash your hands frequently & avoid touching the infected eye. Never share towels & throw away tissues after each use.