Conjunctivitis (“Pink Eye”)

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva, the membrane that lines the eyelid and covers the white part of the eyeball. The inflammation affects the blood vessels in the eye and gives the eye a pink or red appearance.

What Causes Pink Eye?

Pink eye can be caused by either a bacterial or viral infection, an allergic reaction, a foreign object in the eye or a blocked tear duct. Pink eye can be contagious, so diagnosis and proper treatment is important. Your doctor will help to discuss your diagnosis of pink eye and the proper course of treatment during your appointment.

Male patient with pink eye and what pink eye looks like


The most common symptoms of pink eye may include:

  • Redness in one or both eyes
  • Itchiness in one or both eyes
  • A discharge that may become crusty overnight
  • Excessive tearing
  • A feeling of gritiness in the eye

How to treat pink eye

Treatment for pink eye depends on the type of conjunctivitis. Treatment for bacterial conjunctivitis may include a prescription for antibiotic eyedrops or ointment. There is no treatment for viral conjunctivitis and the condition will eventually ease over the course of time. If the source of the viral conjunctivitis is the herpes simplex virus, the doctor will determine if antiviral medication should be used. Allergic conjunctivitis can be treated with eyedrops for people with allergies but it first must be determined if allergies are the cause.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

North Attleboro Fashion Crossing

1250 S. Washington St
Marshall and Old Navy Plaza
North Attleborough, MA 02760
Phone: 508-717-0425
Fax: 508-992-3239

Make Appointment

North Dartmouth

382 State Road
Office Max Plaza
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
Phone: 508-717-0425
Fax: 508-992-3239

Make Appointment


21 Torrey Street
Price Rite Plaza
Brockton, MA 02301
Phone: 508-717-0425
Fax: 508-992-3239

Make Appointment

Request more information

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
   Book an Appointment

   Book an Appointment