A viral eye infection is caused by a virus. This condition is also called pink eye or viral conjunctivitis.
Your child may have:
Red eyes are usually caused by a viral infection and they often occur when a child has a cold. If a bacterial infection occurs, discharge from the eyes becomes yellow and the eyelids are often matted together after sleeping. If this happens, your child needs antibiotic eye drops even if the eyes are not red.
Viral conjunctivitis usually lasts as long as the cold (1 to 2 weeks). If only one eye is red, the other eye will usually become infected over the next few days.
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