Apr 12, 2013 7:00 AM by Diana Kohnle
Health Tip: Should I See a Doctor for Pinkeye?
(HealthDay News) -- Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is a common infection that can cause redness, itching, swelling and discharge.
Typically, pinkeye is not serious, but there are some symptoms that require a doctor's attention.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says pinkeye should be evaluated by a doctor if the infected person:
- Has severe or moderate pain in one or both eyes.
- Has sensitivity to light or blurred vision.
- Develops extreme redness in the eye.
- Has a weakened immune system.
- Has symptoms of a bacterial infection that don't begin to improve after 24 hours on an antibiotic.
- Has symptoms that continually worsen or don't get better.
- Has a preexisting eye condition that increases the risk of a more severe infection.