The conjunctiva is a transparent lining which covers the white part of your eye (sclera).
Irritation, infections, inflammation and trauma can irritate the blood vessels in the conjunctiva leading to a ‘conjunctivitis’ or red eye.
Usually one but sometimes both eyes can become sticky.
Most bacterial conjunctivitis will settle with antibiotic eye drops, however it is important to seek an assessment early on, especially if you have underlying eye conditions and in order to protect other people.
Viral conjunctivitis is very common especially at certain times of the year.
It can be associated with systemic symptoms, but not always.
It is highly contagious and seeking treatment can help lessen some of the more severe symptoms and discomfort.
Some forms of viral conjunctivitis infections such as due to Herpes and Shingles require early attention and specific treatment.