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Bacterial Eye Infections

What's the difference between pink eye and conjunctivitis?

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  • AMichael X. Repka, Ophthalmology, answered on behalf of American Academy of Ophthalmology
    There is substantial overlap between pink eye and conjunctivitis. Pink eye is an infectious form of conjunctivitis, most often caused by viruses but also caused in some cases by bacteria. The most important form of non-infectious conjunctivitis is allergic, usually recognizable by mild redness, substantial itching and no discharge.

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