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Pink Eye vs. Allergic Conjunctivitis

Last updated 5 years ago

Both pink eye and allergic conjunctivitis cause red, swollen, and itchy eyes. However, these two conditions are inherently different and treatment should be tailored to the cause of the irritation.


Pink eye is an infection of the mucous membranes of the eye. Allergic conjunctivitis is caused by an allergic reaction to an irritant. While pink eye is extremely contagious and steps should be taken to prevent spreading infection, allergic conjunctivitis cannot be spread to others. You can learn more about the differences between these two eye conditions and how to get relief by watching this short video.

Call Wize Eyes of Long Island at (415) 358-0040 for all of your eye care and eyewear needs. We are open seven days a week to provide thorough eye exams conducted by qualified optometrists. Visit us on the web to learn even more about your eye health.


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