The membrane that covers the white part of your eye (the conjunctiva) is inflamed. Inflammation happens when your body responds to an injury, allergic reaction, infection, or illness. Symptoms of inflammation in the eye may include redness, irritation, itching, swelling, or burning. These symptoms should go away within the next 24 hours. Conjunctivitis may be related to a particle that was in your eye. If so, it may wash out with your tears or irrigation treatment. Being exposed to liquid chemicals or fumes may also cause this reaction.
Put a cold pack on the eye for 20 minutes at a time. This will reduce pain. To make a cold pack, put ice cubes in a plastic bag that seals at the top. Wrap the bag in a clean, thin towel or cloth.
Artificial tears may be prescribed to reduce irritation or redness. These should be used 3 to 4 times a day.
You may use acetaminophen or ibuprofen to control pain, unless another medicine was prescribed. If you have chronic liver or kidney disease, talk with your healthcare provider before using these medicines. Also talk with your provider if you have ever had a stomach ulcer or gastrointestinal bleeding.
Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as advised.
When to seek medical advice
Call your healthcare provider right away if any of these occur:
Eyelid swells more
Eye pain gets worse
Redness or drainage from the eye gets worse
Blurry vision gets worse or you have increased sensitivity to light
Normal vision does not return within 24 to 48 hours
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