Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis refers to inflammation of the underside of the eyelid and white part of the eye.

Symptoms:

  • Clear, green or yellow discharge from the eye
  • Crusts on lashes that cause eyelids to stick together after sleeping
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Redness and gritty feeling in the eye
  • Intense itching

Causes:

  • Viral Infections
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Chemical irritation or wind, dust, smoke, air pollution, or home chemicals
  • Cosmetics, pollen, or other allergens
  • partially closed or blocked tear duct
  • Intense light, such as from sunlamps or snow reflection

Preventive Measures:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water before touching eyes
  • Do not share eye makeup or cosmetics, towels, or washcloths
  • Avoid exposure to eye irritants

Treatment:

  • See your health care provider to see if antibiotic eye drops are needed
  • Warm moist compresses can be applied to the closed eye for relief
  • Do no touch the infected eye because the infection will spread to your other eye
  • Remove contact lenses and leave out as long as the eye is irritated or being treated

For more information contact the Student Health Center at 970-351-2412