What is pink eye?

This is the season for back-in-school kids to spread pink eye.

Call our Maple Grove Eye Doctors (763-416-0622) if you suspect that your child has pink eye. The wait at our office is much shorter than the doctor’s office, and we can bill your medical insurance.

We know eyes. It’s all we do. Conjunctivitis is the term used to describe swelling (inflammation) of the conjunctiva — the thin, filmy membrane that covers the inside of your eyelids and the white part of your eye (known as the sclera). Often this condition is called “pink eye.”

Sings of pink eye may appear in one or both eyes.

There are 3 types of conjunctivitis:

Bacterial Conjunctivitis is a highly contagious form of pink eye caused by bacterial infections. This type of conjunctivitis usually causes a red eye with a lot of pus.

Viral Conjunctivitis is most common cause of pink eye is the same virus that causes the common cold, and is also very contagious.

Allergic Conjunctivitis is a form of conjunctivitis is caused by the body’s reaction to an allergen or irritant.

It is not contagious.

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    • The most common causes of pink eye (conjunctivitis) are:
      •   Infections (viral or bacterial);
      •   Allergies; and
      •   Irritation from something in the environment.

Viral infection is a common cause of conjunctivitis. This same virus that produces red and watery eyes also causes the sore throat and runny nose of the common cold. Symptoms of viral conjunctivitis can last from a few