People often call conjunctivitis “pink eye” because it can cause the white of the eye to take on a pink or red color. Symptoms of pink eye can vary but typically include redness or swelling of the white of the eye.
The most common causes of conjunctivitis (pink eye) are
Other causes include
contact lens wear
foreign bodies in the eye (like a loose eyelash)
indoor and outdoor air pollution caused, for example, by smoke, dust, fumes, or chemical vapors
ameba and parasites
It can be difficult to determine the exact cause of conjunctivitis because some symptoms may be the same no matter the cause.
Is this a reportable illness?
This is not a reportable illness to CDPH but consult with your school nurse to confirm this diagnosis with parents or the medical provider.
Notify CDPH of 10 or more individuals in a daycare/school setting who exhibit symptoms onset within a 7 day period or cases with unusual severity of illness. Reach out to CDPH if you need support.