Signs of Pink Eye:

  • Redness in the white of the eye.
  • Watery eyes.
  • Itchiness or a feeling of having sand in the eye.
  • A discharge that tends to be clear when caused by an allergy, or thick and yellow-white when caused by a bacteria.
  • A viral infection may be accompanied by a sore throat and/or a tender node in front of the ear. The discharge also tends to be more watery than sticky.
  • An allergic infection may be accompanied by swollen eyes and other symptoms of allergy, such as a runny nose. It also often occurs during the typical allergy seasons (spring and fall).

Note: Pink eye does not usually affect vision or cause pain. In the case of either of these symptoms, contact a doctor immediately.

Pink Eye Prevention Tips:

Know the cause


Redness, itchy/gritty feeling, sticky yellow-white discharge.


Redness and itchy/gritty feeling with a clear discharge and possible sore throat.


Redness and itchy/gritty feeling, swelling of eyes, runny nose, occurs during allergy season.

Treatment of bacterial pink eye:

  • Ask your pharmacist for effective treatment, such as POLYSPORIN® Eye & Ear Drops.
  • Apply one to two drops, four times daily for 7 to 10 days. Before use, read package insert for more complete information on dosing and cautions.
  • Soothe itchiness with a warm compress and bathe eyes in warm water several times a day.

Prevent the spread:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use an antibacterial sanitizing hand gel.
  • Avoid touching eyes.
  • Don’t share towels or washcloths. Wash towels and facecloths in hot water.