Conjunctivitis from an infection with the adenovirus is generally not severe, and usually clears up within 1-2 weeks. Patients may use eye drops to relive irritation and other symptoms, and may also apply an ice pack to the affected eye. The doctor may provide medications for symptoms such as fever and sore throat, and antibacterial medications may be given to prevent further bacterial infections.
Non-severe bacterial infections should generally clear up on their own as well, although using antibacterial medications is recommended to help speed up recovery and reduce the chance of spreading.
Patients should see the doctor if the following symptoms are present:
- Severe eye pain
- Blurred vision
- Eye sensitivity to light
- Severe red eyes
- Small white spots on the cornea
Do not ignore these symptoms, as they may indicate a severe viral infection. Visit the doctor for a thorough examination, as certain viral infections can be dangerous. For these viral infections, the doctor may prescribe antiviral medications.