Red Eye or Pink Eye in Children

Red eye is defined as redness or pinkness of the white area that surrounds the iris. Increased tearing and swelling may also accompany it. At times, it is completely painless, depending on the cause. It could be symptomatic of the blood vessels in the eye becoming dilated.

Red eye can also be caused by any of a number of types of conjunctivitis, including viral, allergic, bacterial, irritant, or neonatal conjunctivitis. In other words, it may be due to an infection, an allergic reaction, or contact with an environmental irritant.

Other causes include a subconjunctival hemorrhage, a corneal ulcer, an injury or trauma, uveitis, or blepharitis. If your child is suffering from a red eye, it is best to contact your ophthalmologist.