Signs and Symptoms of Pinkeye

Conjunctivitis may occur in one or both eyes. Symptoms of pinkeye include the following:

  • Excess tearing, mucus, and crusty eyelids, especially on waking up
  • Feeling as though there are particles stuck in the eye
  • Hazy vision (caused by mucus)
  • Itchy, sore, and/or watery eyes
  • Redness in the white part (sclera) of the eyes
  • Swollen, red inner eyelids

Other symptoms (e.g., sore throat, ear pain, fever, rash, runny nose) may occur in children who have viral or bacterial conjunctivitis.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 27 Aug 2008

Last Modified: 08 Sep 2015