10 tips for treating conjunctivitis

What to look for and when to refer

Conjunctivitis is the most common eye infection. Most cases are viral and do not require antibiotic eye drops.

red eye

Here’s a useful refresher on how to treat the condition.

  1. Both viral and bacterial conjunctivitis present with a red eye and are highly contagious. 
  2. Assessment should include checking visual acuity and examination with a torch or slit lamp. 
  3. Fluorescein drops should be administered in the conjunctival sac, and the eye viewed with the cobalt blue light of the slit lamp or fundoscope to rule out any signs of corneal