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What are the symptoms of viral eye infections?

Viral eye infection symptoms can range from short-term irritations to long-term debilitations. Conjunctivitis gets its common name, pink eye, from the inflamed blood vessels that give the eye a reddish hue. Accompanying the reddened eyes are feelings of itchiness or grittiness in the eyeballs, excessive tear production, and a discharge that turns crusty during sleep.

Other more serious viral eye infections that attack the retina, such as CMV retinitis, can cause vision problems and blind spots initially, eventually leading to blindness if not treated.

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