Diseases and Conditions

Pink Eye (conjunctivitis) – Symptoms and Treatment


Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is a common eye infection that can be either viral or bacterial. The most common indication of pink eye is the irritation and/or inflammation of the blood vessels of the eye’s transparent membrane. This membrane, called the conjunctiva, covers the whites of the eye. Pink eye occurs when bacteria and microorganisms from an allergy or influenza infection enter the eye. The most common culprits are dirty hands and contact lenses. Pink eye is extremely contagious so it is helpful to be able to recognize its symptoms and how to prevent spreading it to others. Keep reading to learn more about the most common pink eye symptoms.

Thick Eye Discharge

Eye discharge is more often associated with a bacterial pink eye infection. This discharge can vary in colour and thickness. It won’t be a surprise to learn that you should wipe away any discharge that your eye secretes. However, it is likely that it will simply keep coming back and you might be forced to continue to do so until your eye is no longer infected.

If you wake up with crusty eyes, this is another indicator of pink eye. This eye crusty can cause you to have poorer sleep and can even lead to discomfort and pain when opening your eyes the next morning. Therefore, if might be helpful to use a wet washcloth first to loosen up some of the discharge in order to help you open your eye more easily and more comfortably.