pink eye
Pink Eye
Can pink eye be treated over telehealth?

Yes, pink eye can easily be treated over telehealth. Your doctor can prescribe medication for symptom relief, or antibiotics if needed.  Your telehealth doctor can send these prescriptions electronically to any pharmacy of your choice.

What is pink eye?

Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is an inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) that lines your eyelid and covers the white part of your eyeball. When small blood vessels in the conjunctiva become inflamed, they’re more visible. This is what causes the whites of your eyes to appear reddish or pink.

What causes pink eye?

Pink eye is commonly caused by a bacterial or viral infection, an allergic reaction, or – in babies – an incompletely opened tear duct. It can also be caused by a chemical splash or foreign object in the eye.

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The most common pink eye symptoms include:

  • Redness in one or both eyes
  • Itchiness in one or both eyes
  • A gritty feeling in one or both eyes
  • A discharge in one or both eyes that forms a crust during the night that may prevent your eye or eyes from opening in the morning
  • Tearing
Do I need to see a doctor if I have pink eye?

In most cases, your doctor can diagnose pink eye by asking questions about your symptoms and recent health history, making a telehealth appointment is the most convenient option, since an office visit is usually not needed. Rarely, your doctor may need to take a sample of the liquid that drains from your eye for laboratory analysis.

You should see a doctor if you have conjunctivitis along with any of the following:

  • Pain in the eye(s)
  • Sensitivity to light or blurred vision that does not improve when discharge is wiped from the eye(s)
  • Intense redness in the eyes
  • Symptoms that get worse or don’t improve , including pink eye thought to be caused by bacteria which does not improve after 24 hours of antibiotic use
  • A weakened immune system, for example from HIV infection, cancer treatment, or other medical conditions or treatments
Pink Eye Treatment

Treatment is usually focused on symptom relief, using artificial tears, cleaning your eyelids with a wet cloth, and applying cold or warm compresses several times daily.

If you wear contact lenses, you’ll be advised to stop wearing them until treatment is complete. Disinfect hard lenses overnight before you reuse them, and ask your doctor if you should discard and replace your contact lens accessories.


Practice good hygiene to control the spread of pink eye:

  • Don’t touch your eyes with your hands
  • Wash your hands often
  • Use a clean towel and washcloth daily
  • Don’t share towels or washcloths
  • Change your pillowcases often
  • Throw away your eye cosmetics, such as mascara
  • Don’t share eye cosmetics or personal eye care items

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