Conjunctivitis

  • Introduction 

    Conjunctivitis is a common condition that causes redness and inflammation of the thin layer of tissue that covers the front of the eye (the conjunctiva).

    Other symptoms of conjunctivitis include itchiness and watering of the eyes, and sometimes a sticky coating on the eyelashes (if it’s caused by an allergy). Read more about the symptoms of conjunctivitis.

    Conjunctivitis can affect one eye at first, but usually affects both eyes after a few hours.

  • Treating conjunctivitis

    Conjunctivitis often doesn’t require treatment as the symptoms usually clear up within a couple of weeks. If treatment is necessary, the type of treatment will depend on the cause. In severe cases, antibiotic eye drops can be used to clear the infection.

    Irritant conjunctivitis will clear up as soon as whatever is causing it is removed.

    Any sticky or crusty coating on the eyelids or lashes can be cleansed with cotton wool and water.

    Washing your hands regularly and avoiding sharing pillows or towels will help prevent it spreading.

    Read more about treating conjunctivitis.

     

    Information from NHS Website