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What is Viral Conjunctivitis?

Description of the disease

Viral conjunctivitis is inflammation of the transparent membrane of the eye caused by viruses. It often occurs in children and can easily spread from person to person.


  • Epidemic keratoconjunctivitis
  • Pseudomembranous conjunctivitis
  • Follicular conjunctivitis


  • Redness of the eyes
  • Tearing
  • Feeling of grittiness in the eyes
  • Photophobia


Viral conjunctivitis is caused by various viruses, including adenoviruses, herpes, and others.


The diagnosis is based on clinical symptoms and sometimes laboratory studies.


Usually, viral conjunctivitis resolves on its own, but in case of severe symptoms, antiviral eye drops and ointments may be used.


  • Thorough hand hygiene
  • Avoiding close contact with infected individuals
  • Avoiding touching the eyes with dirty hands


To diagnose and treat viral conjunctivitis, it is necessary to consult an ophthalmologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.