Pink eye or Conjunctivitis is a common condition which causes the surface of your eye to go red and, often, sticky or watery and your eye becomes sore. There are two types of conjunctivitis:
Conjunctivitis can be caused by infection from bacteria, viruses or other organisms as well as through allergy or inflammation.
There is no antiviral medication for viral conjunctivitis and it does not respond to antibiotic drops as it is not caused by bacteria. The best treatment for viral conjunctivitis is to use artificial tears and simple painkillers, with regular lid cleaning and cold compresses. Conjunctivitis disappears when the body becomes immune to the virus and fights the germs off similar to a cold or ‘flu. Less often, steroid drops are prescribed for severe cases of viral conjunctivitis or when the cornea is affected.
In cases with bacterial conjunctivitis, Antibiotic drops can be helpful and are usually prescribed for 7 days or two-week course.
It is important to refrain from using contact lenses during any type of conjunctivitis.