Has your child ever come home from preschool (or day camp, a sleepover or anywhere he/she has been in close contact with other children) with red, puffy, weepy eyes? The culprit could very well be pink eye, or conjunctivitis. Since pink eye mainly occurs in children, we see a lot of cases in our pediatric practice, Westchester Health Pediatrics. In fact, one of our WHP pediatricians, Glenn Kaplan, MD, FAAP, has written a great blog about what parents can do to help their children avoid contracting this condition that, though relatively minor, can still be a major annoyance.
When patients come into my office with red, bloodshot eyes, chances are they’ve got pink eye. A lot of people think that pink eye (conjunctivitis) occurs mainly in children, but actually anyone can get it. Yes, preschoolers and schoolchildren are particularly at risk, but college students, teachers, daycare workers, kids in summer camp and those in the military are also highly susceptible, due to their close proximity with each other.