What are the signs and symptoms of viral conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

Updated: Mar 03, 2021
  • Author: Michael A Silverman, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Viral conjunctivitis is characterized by acute or subacute onset, minimal pain level, and, often, exposure history. Pruritus is common, and a clear, watery discharge is typical. Occasionally, severe photophobia and foreign-body sensation occurs, usually caused by adenovirus (epidemic keratoconjunctivitis [EKC]), when associated with keratitis.

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