Conjunctivitis is commonly referred to by the lay term "pink eye." In fact, there are a wide variety of possible causes of conjunctivitis. The conjunctiva is a clear membrane that covers the white part of the eye (the sclera). Anything that causes the conjunctiva either to become inflamed, or red, can be considered to be a form of conjunctivitis.
Conjunctivitis can be viral, bacterial, chemical, or inflammatory. Certain types of conjunctivitis, especially viral types, can be very contagious. It is important to remember that not all pink or red eyes are due to conjunctivitis. Other eye disorders such as corneal infections, iritis and acute angle closure glaucoma can also cause the eyes to be red.
At Ophthalmology Associates we are skilled at evaluating red eyes so that a proper diagnosis can be made, appropriate treatment instituted, and precautions to prevent spreading infection put in place when indicated.