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What is allergic conjunctivitis? Is it pink eye?

Patients also ask what is allergic conjunctivitis and is it the same thing as pinkeye?

Well, the conjunctiva is a thin membrane that covers the front of your eye and your eyelids.

It's the same consistency is as plastic wrap.

So allergic conjunctivitis just refers to the eye and conjunctiva as response to the allergy.

It's caused by the inflammation of that chemical reaction.

So people think if they have a red eye with discharge, it's an infection.

It's actually an inflammation, not an infection.

Whereas pink eye is a term used to refer to bacterial and viral conjunctivitis.

And these are infections that can be treated with special antibacterial antiviral drugs.