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Examples of Eye Abnormalities that may be seen during External Inspection - Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis - or pink eye, is commonly seen among children and should be referred immediately.  It is usually due to an infection (bacterial or viral) or irritation, chemical or allergic cause. Conjunctivitis that is due to an infection, is often  characterized by white-colored drainage coming from one or both eyes.  Preventing spread of the organism with constant hand washing and use of separate towels is important. Conjunctivitis that is due to an irritation  usually has clear drainage and reddened sclera.

Image of a child with conjunctivitis (pink eye).
Photo courtesy of Denis Stark, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. [Attn: Non-MDH Link]

Example of child with acute bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye)

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