Diagnosing select types of Conjunctivitis or Pink eye makes it easier to provide effective treatment options.

AN INTRODUCTION TO CONJUNCTIVITIS:

Besides commonly being known as pink eye, another name for Conjunctivitis is ‘madras eye’. There are certain antibodies and enzymes present in tears that help kill harmful bacteria. When various other irritants or harmful bacteria attack the conjunctiva, it is protected by the tears that are released from the tear ducts within your eyes. The tears wash away all the bacteria.

CLASSIFICATION OF CONJUNCTIVITIS:

There are two completely different types of classification of Conjunctivitis or Pink eye. The first type of classification is based on the cause of occurrence and the second type depends on the severity this infection.
I – Classification according to the Cause:

Pink Eye Conjunctivitis

•    Viral Conjunctivitis
•    Allergic Conjunctivitis
•    Bacterial Conjunctivitis
•    Neonatal Conjunctivitis
•    Chemical Conjunctivitis
II – Classification according to Severity of the infection:
•    Keratoconjunctivitis: it is a combination of keratitis (corneal inflammation) and conjunctivitis.
•    Blepharoconjunctivitis: it is a combination of blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) and conjunctivitis.
•    Episcleritis: it is an inflammatory type of infection. Its appearance is very similar to conjunctivitis. But, this type of infection does not cause the eyes to water or emit a discharge.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF PINK EYE:

•    General Conjunctivitis symptoms – hyperaemia (red eye), chemosis (severe irritation) and epiphora (the affected eye waters profusely) are some of the symptoms.
•    Bacterial Conjunctivitis symptoms – a thick crust forms around the affected eye and surrounding skin. A mucopurulent discharge which is opaque, stringy and yellowish or grayish by nature is also visible.
•    Viral Conjunctivitis symptoms – this is associated with the common cold, the upper respiratory tract or a sore throat. The symptoms for this type of conjunctivitis are an itching sensation that varies and a watery discharge.
•    Chemical Conjunctivitis symptoms – this type is caused due to alkaline or acidic substances entering the eye. The symptoms of a mild burn cause conjunctivitis. The cornea turns completely white if the burns are more severe.

Besides commonly being known as pink eye, another name for Conjunctivitis is ‘madras eye’. There are certain antibodies and enzymes present in tears that help kill harmful bacteria. When various other irritants or harmful bacteria attack the conjunctiva, it is protected by the tears that are released from the tear ducts within your eyes. The tears wash away all the bacteria.

CLASSIFICATION OF CONJUNCTIVITIS:

There are two completely different types of classification of Conjunctivitis or Pink eye. The first type of classification is based on the cause of occurrence and the second type depends on the severity this infection.
I – Classification according to the Cause:
•    Viral Conjunctivitis
•    Allergic Conjunctivitis
•    Bacterial Conjunctivitis
•    Neonatal Conjunctivitis
•    Chemical Conjunctivitis
II – Classification according to Severity of the infection:
•    Keratoconjunctivitis: it is a combination of keratitis (corneal inflammation) and conjunctivitis.
•    Blepharoconjunctivitis: it is a combination of blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) and conjunctivitis.
•    Episcleritis: it is an inflammatory type of infection. Its appearance is very similar to conjunctivitis. But, this type of infection does not cause the eyes to water or emit a discharge.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF PINK EYE:

•    General Conjunctivitis symptoms – hyperaemia (red eye), chemosis (severe irritation) and epiphora (the affected eye waters profusely) are some of the symptoms.
•    Bacterial Conjunctivitis symptoms – a thick crust forms around the affected eye and surrounding skin. A mucopurulent discharge which is opaque, stringy and yellowish or grayish by nature is also visible.
•    Viral Conjunctivitis symptoms – this is associated with the common cold, the upper respiratory tract or a sore throat. The symptoms for this type of conjunctivitis are an itching sensation that varies and a watery discharge.
•    Chemical Conjunctivitis symptoms – this type is caused due to alkaline or acidic substances entering the eye. The symptoms of a mild burn cause conjunctivitis. The cornea turns completely white if the burns are more severe.

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