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:

  • Viral conjunctivitistends to cause a watery red eye and can last for two to three weeks even with the correct treatment. Generally, viral conjunctivitis does not affect vision but in some cases vision may become blurry or see glare when looking at lights. This is due to an inflammatory reaction causing small white dots on the cornea, the transparent window at the front of the eye. These usually fade with time, but it can take a few weeks or even months.  
  • Bacterial conjunctivitisis more likely to cause a red eye with a sticky yellow discharge.


Conjunctivitis can be caused by infection from bacteria, viruses or other organisms as well as through allergy or inflammation. 


  • Itchy eyes or watery eyes
  • Redness over the white of the eye which can be mild to very severe
  • Pus like discharge from the eye
  • Eyes are usually sticky and crusty in the morning or after sleep
  • Mild lid swelling
  • Mild discomfort or irritation but no pain


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.