The symptoms of pink eye may vary depending on the cause but usually include:
- Redness or swelling of the white of the eye or inside the eyelids.
- Increased amount of tears.
- Eye discharge which may be clear, yellow, white or green.
- Itchy, irritated, and/or burning eyes.
- Gritty feeling in the eye.
Considering this, can doctors test for pink eye?
Diagnosis. A doctor can often determine whether a virus, bacterium, or allergen is causing the conjunctivitis (pink eye) based on patient history, symptoms, and an examination of the eye. Conjunctivitis always involves eye redness or swelling, but it also has other symptoms that can vary depending on the cause.
How long does it take for pink eye to go away?
If your pink eye is caused by a common viral infection and no other complications occur, then your eyes should clear up within a few days to two weeks. Pink eye also can be caused by bacterial conjunctivitis, which — even with treatment such as prescription antibiotic eye drops — can last up to a month or longer.