conjunctiva is the membrane that is located on the white part of the eye. Conjunctivitis, also called pinkeye, refers to the inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva. It’s a common reason for childhood visits to pediatric urgent care. Since pinkeye can be very uncomfortable and highly contagious, it’s important to detect the symptoms early and seek treatment quickly. Pinkeye may affect one or both of your child’s eyes. Its hallmark characteristic is the telltale redness that develops in the white parts of the eyes.
Other common symptoms include burning sensations, extreme itchiness, and increased sensitivity to light. Parents might notice an increase in tears and the development of a thick discharge that forms crusts on the eyelashes. Some children may have green or white discharge from the affected eye.
When your child isn’t feeling well and the regular pediatrician isn’t available, you can turn to the emergency pediatricians at Pediatrics After Hours.