Pinkeye Health (cont.)

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Pinkeye Prognosis

If caused by a virus, pinkeye is self-limiting; that is, it gets better over time with or without treatment. When care is taken to prevent its spread and follow-up is done, pinkeye clears up with no long-term problems.

  • Pinkeye (viral conjunctivitis) usually goes away in 10-14 days, but symptoms may rarely last for up to six weeks.

  • Damage to the cornea (the clear covering over the iris and pupil) may occur if infections are not treated.

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Authors and Editors

Author: Andrew A. Dahl, MD, FACS, Residency Director, Ophthalmology, Kingston Hospital, Mid Hudson Family Practice Institute, Assistant Professor of Surgery (Ophthalmology), Department of Ophthalmology, the Institute for Family Health, New York College of Medicine

Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

Previous contributing authors and editors:

Author: Ingrid U. Scott, MD, MPH, Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Health Evaluation Sciences, Penn State College of Medicine.

Coauthor(s): Sachin J. Shah, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Temple University Hospital; Steven Nazario, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Editors: Richard W. Allinson, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Ophthalmology, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Scott and White Clinic; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Robert H. Graham, MD, Ophthalmologist, Robert H. Graham, MD, PC; Affiliated With Department of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona and Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona.

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Syed, N.A., and R.A. Hyndiuk. "Infectious Conjunctivitis." Infect Dis Clin North Am. 6.4 Dec. 1992: 789-805.

Last Editorial Review: 8/12/2010

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