Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is inflammation of the thin clear tissue that lies over the white part of the eye and lines the eyelid. It can be caused by bacterial or viral infection, or as a reaction to irritants or allergens entering the eye. Typical symptoms are redness, grittiness, and discharge, which may be accompanied by other symptoms. Treatment will depend on the cause.
Conjunctivitis can occur in people of all ages. However, infectious conjunctivitis is more common in children than in adults, as bacteria and viruses are easily spread from child to child when they play. Conjunctivitis can also accompany ear infections or sinusitis, due to a common underlying cause.
If you meet certain criteria our pharmacists are able to dispense an antibiotic eye drop or ointment with no need for a prescription from your Doctor. Simply come in and speak to one of our pharmacists to see if this service is available to you. Charge for antibiotic applies.