Pink Eye & Styes

Pink eye and styes are two common eye infections. Our healthcare providers can help determine which condition is causing your eye symptoms and recommend the appropriate treatment.

Pink eye symptoms include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Inflammation and redness of the eyelid and the white of the eye
  • Watery or pus-like drainage
  • Itching

Symptoms of a stye include:

  • A red raised bump on the eyelid
  • Swollen eyelid
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Drainage or pus
  • Redness
  • A gritty sensation in the eye
  • Pain in or around the eye

You should be evaluated for pink eye or stye symptoms that do not improve after 48 hours. You should also seek care for:

  • Children under the age of five with eye symptoms
  • Any vision impairment
  • Green or yellow pus from the eye

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Treatment of eye infections may require antibiotic eye drops or ointments, artificial tears, or lubricating eye drops for dryness. Moist compresses with either hot or cold packs can be helpful in soothing eye discomfort.

Pink eye is very contagious. To prevent spreading it or reinfecting yourself, take the following precautions:

  • Wash hands frequently, including before and after using eye drops
  • Avoid rubbing or touching the eyes
  • Throw out any eye makeup and replace it
  • Throw out any disposable contact lenses used while you had the infection
  • Wash bedding, washcloths, and towels in hot soapy water