The symptoms of conjunctivitis differ depending on the cause of the inflammation, but can include:

  • Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid
  • Increased amount of tears
  • Thick yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelashes, especially after sleep
  • Green or white discharge from the eye
  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to bright light sometimes occurs
  • Symptoms of allergy, such as an itchy nose, sneezing, a scratchy throat, or asthma may be present in cases of allergic conjunctivitis
Tests to diagnose: 

The doctor can diagnose conjunctivitis by examining the eye.


Bacteria: - Conjunctivitis caused by bacteria usually does not need treatment with antibiotics as the infection usually clears up by itself.

Viruses: - This type of conjunctivitis often results from the viruses that cause a common cold. Just as a cold must run its course, so must this form of conjunctivitis, which usually clears within one to two weeks.

The two main types of antibiotics that may be prescribed are:

Fusidic acid

If you have seasonal or perennial conjunctivitis you may be prescribed the following medicines:

Mast cell stabilisers

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