Pink Eye


Pink eye is one of the most common conditions we treat. Pink eye occurs when microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses, get into your eye and cause inflammation or irritation. There are three main types of pink eye:​

  • Infectious conjunctivitis

  • Allergic conjunctivitis

  • Chemical conjunctivitis​​

Infectious conjunctivitis is the only type of pink eye that is contagious, although, there are many types of infectious conjunctivitis including:

  • Bacterial conjunctivitis

  • Viral conjunctivitis

  • Neonatal conjunctivitis

  • Herpes simplex conjunctivitis

​While there are many types of pink eye, bacterial conjunctivitis and viral conjunctivitis are the most common. Bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria that infect the eye. The bacteria can be spread through contact with an infected individual, exposure to contaminated surfaces, or other illnesses, such as sinus or ear infections. Viral conjunctivitis is an airborne virus that is highly contagious and can be spread through sneezing and coughing. Viral conjunctivitis also can accompany common viral upper respiratory infections such as measles, the flu, or the common cold.

​Our providers will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine what type of pink eye you have. The doctor might also ask you to shine a light on your eye for better visibility and inquire about past treatments you have had for a pink eye. With our video capabilities, you can bring your phone, tablet, or desktop with video close to your eye, so your provider can get a clear view of the illness.​

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Depending on the cause and your severity, your treatment plan may include a combination of:​

  • Warm compresses

  • Allergy medications

  • Over-the-counter eye drops

  • Or prescription eye drops

Pink eye symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:

  • Redness around the eye

  • Blurred vision

  • Increased tear production

  • A thick, yellow discharge

  • Itching or burning sensation

If you are concerned about your child's eye, please call our office to have your child evaluated


Caring Pediatrics
7517 South McClintock Drive, Suite 103
Tempe, AZ 85283
Phone: 602-610-7337
Fax: 602-536-4102

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