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Different types of conjunctivitis


Are there different types of conjunctivitis?

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Qualified optometrist Dr Nigel Best DOptom MCOptom FBCLA FAAO answers this question:

There are three different types of conjunctivitis; viral, bacterial and allergic. The treatment generally depends upon the cause however in general, conjunctivitis usually gets better without treatment.

In the vast majority of cases it is a mild condition which poses no threat to the eye or vision. Contact lenses should not be worn until the symptoms have gone completely. You should seek advice from a qualified optician or medical practitioners if the symptoms are marked or persistent.

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Dr Nigel Best DOptom MCOptom FBCLA FAAO has worked as an optometrist for Specsavers for 17 years, both in his own practice and with the Professional Training department. He has a particular interest in dry eye and contact lenses and has had a number of academic papers published.
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