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This common condition describes a disturbance to the conjunctiva (the transparent layer covering the front of the eye which folds back on itself to form the inner lining of the eyelid). There are three main forms of conjunctivitis:
- Allergic conjunctivitis is when the conjunctiva has reacted to something (called the allergen). Hay fever is probably the most common cause of this type. The eye becomes red and itchy but there is seldom any discharge. Treatment involves trying to find out what the allergen is and to avoid it if possible. Medication is sometimes given to help quell the response of the eye and increase the comfort.
- Bacterial conjunctivitis is where there is a bacterial infection of the conjunctiva. In this case there is a yellowy or greenish discharge and antibiotics are likely to be needed from the GP or pharmacist.
- Viral conjunctivitis will generally have a clear or watery discharge and can often be associated with a general feeling of being under the weather. Antibiotics will not help and the only help possible is to try to make the eyes more comfortable with the use of lubricating drops (such as artificial tears) and possibly cold compresses applied lightly to the eyes. As is the case with most viral infections, unfortunately they can last for a period ranging from a couple of days to weeks.