Conjunctivitis or pink eye refers to an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva. Conjunctiva is a thin membrane that covers the white part of the eyeball. It is caused by a viral, bacterial, or by allergic reaction. Among these reactions, only bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are infectious. People with conjunctivitis may experience redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid, tearing, swollen conjunctivitis, green or white discharge from the eye, thick yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelashes during the night that prevents eyes from opening in the morning, burning eyes, itching, blurred vision, redness, and more sensitive to light. Conjunctivitis often resolves on its own within one to two weeks. However, treatments help ease the discomfort and irritation of conjunctivitis.

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I have pink eye and a low platelet count after recovering from COVID-19. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a healthy person who recently fought off a case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and three days into the infection, I caught the pink eye too. Its been two weeks since the initial COVID-19 inspection, and I feel fine. Still, ten days into it, I got blood drawn from a laboratory ...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Good to hear that you recovered from coronavirus disease without any complications. I am unsure if pink eyes were related to your ongoing COVID-19 infection or an incidental finding. Both are a possibility. In eithe...  Read Full »

The tear duct is swollen. Is this something to worry about?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a swollen tear duct. The right tear duct is swollen, does not hurt or itch. It has been there for a few years now. No changes in the size other than getting larger.  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the photo you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it does not look like a tear duct swelling. It looks like a swelling arising from your conjunctiva and the exact diagnosis would only be possible with a slit lamp examination. But, I can ...  Read Full »

Can pink eye spread through sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I have pink eye. Can I have sex with my wife as we are trying for pregnancy? Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Probably you have conjunctivitis and that is a communicable disease. So, I would not advise you get intimate with your wife for next 2-3 days till you get better. For further queries consult an internal medicine physician online -->  Read Full »

I got conjunctivitis 7 days back.I had red eye with eyelid swelling.Now redness is gone but blurring is present.What do I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I got conjunctivitis seven days back. I had red-eye with eyelid swelling. I used Moxifloxacin hydrochloride from the very first day, every 2 hours. Then I started Fluorometholone four times a day and Cyclosporine three times a day. And now, for two days, I got blurred vision. Redness ...  Read Full »

Dr. Dadapeer. K

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I reviewed your history. It seems from the history that you are having conjunctivitis and you are on treatment with Moxifloxacin and Fluorometholone. The presence of blurring of vision indicates involvement of cornea in the form of keratoconjunctivitis. This usually occ...  Read Full »

How can my wife avoid passing on her eye infection to our child?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife has red eyes. We think that it is spreading to the other eye too. We visited an ophthalmologist, and she said that it was viral conjunctivitis. She has been prescribed Gatifloxacin eye drops four to five times a day and Moxicip ointment at night. This was three days back. How c...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Here are a few tips to avoid transmitting eye infections to those around you: Handle your child only when no one else can. Do wash your hands before and after instilling your eye drops. Wash your hands before handling your child (the most important step). Keep your h...  Read Full »

I have eye redness, discharge, and dry eyes. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I was prescribed Pred Forte (four times a day for 15 days), Gatifloxacin (three times a day for seven days), and Lubistar eye drops for eye redness, discharge, and dry eyes. I completed the dosage. Now, after three days of dose completion, my eyes are worse than before. The white parts...  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The fact that your eyelids get stuck together on waking up in the morning suggests that you are having infective conjunctivitis. Although Pred Forte (Prednisolone) would have helped earlier on, it is now likely to worsen the condition. I recommend that you re-visit y...  Read Full »

Why do I have red eyes?

Query: Hello doctor, I have red eyes for three days. What could be the reason and what is to be done? I wear contact lenses, there is no swelling, and I work in front of the computer.  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There can be two reasons for red eye in your case: 1. Allergy due to contact lenses. 2. Conjunctivitis. If you have changed the brand of contacts or you have just started wearing contacts, it is allergy. I will suggest Fluorometholone plus Tobramycin eye drop four ti...  Read Full »

Please check the image and tell me what I can do about my kid's eye infection.

Query: Hello doctor, My three-year-old daughter got some infection in her eyes since yesterday and trying to rub her eye. There is some discharge also coming from the corner of the eyes. Picture is attached.  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It appears to be a case of conjunctivitis with associated nasolacrimal duct infection. Start Vigamox (Moxifloxacin) eye drops six times a day both eyes. Tobramycin (aminoglycoside ant...  Read Full »

My 8-month-old baby, born with ptosis, has reduced appetite, cough, and snoring. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, My baby weighs 8.5 kilograms and is 8 months and 3 weeks old. He has a reduced appetite and can stay the entire day without food. He has a cold and cough also. He was born with ptosis and is presently using some eyedrops, but sometimes, I see conjunctivitis around his eyes. Is there a...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. 1. I suggest showing an ophthalmologist for ptosis (dropping eye). I do not think there is a need for eye drops in ptosis because frequent eye drops can lead to dry eye, which can cause irritation and conjunctivitis. Dep...  Read Full »

I have had giant papillary conjunctivitis in my eyes for the past three months. How long will my eyes take to recover?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had giant papillary conjunctivitis in my eyes for the past three months. I have consulted many doctors. But it did not improve. So I am using Betamethasone and Bepreve eye drops. How long will my eyes take to recover?  Read Full »

Dr. Gargi Madhukar Apte

Answer: Hi,Welcome to papillary conjunctivitis occurs due to an allergy or contact lenses. It might take six months to one year to cure with treatment. If you are using contact lenses, please stop using them. Avoid Betamethasone eye drops. I suggest (consult with a specialist doctor, talk ...  Read Full »

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