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The Eye Health Dilemma: What is Commonly Misdiagnosed as Pink Eye?

Commonly misdiagnosed as pink eye: Eye conditions

Several eye conditions can be commonly misdiagnosed as pink eye (conjunctivitis) due to similar symptoms. These include:

  • Allergic Conjunctivitis: Allergic reactions to pollen, dust, or pet dander can cause redness, itching, and watery eyes, mimicking the symptoms of infectious pink eye.

  • Dry Eye Syndrome: Dry eye can cause redness, a gritty feeling, and occasional tearing, which may be mistaken for pink eye.

  • Bacterial or Viral Conjunctivitis: Sometimes, pink eye itself can be misdiagnosed. Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis may share similar symptoms but require different treatments.

  • Subconjunctival Hemorrhage: This condition involves broken blood vessels in the eye's white part, causing a bright red patch on the eye's surface. It can be mistaken for pink eye due to the redness.

  • Irritants or Foreign Bodies: The presence of foreign objects, like dust or chemicals, in the eye can lead to redness, irritation, and tearing, resembling pink eye.

  • Contact Lens-Related Issues: Improper contact lens use or hygiene can cause eye redness, discomfort, and infection, which may be confused with pink eye.

  • Keratitis: Inflammation of the cornea, called keratitis, can cause eye redness, pain, and sensitivity to light, resembling some symptoms of pink eye.

  • Glaucoma: Acute angle-closure glaucoma can present with sudden eye redness, severe pain, and vision changes, potentially leading to misdiagnosis.

  • Iritis: Iritis, inflammation of the colored part of the eye, can cause eye redness, pain, and light sensitivity, which may be mistaken for pink eye.

  • Blepharitis: This eyelid inflammation can lead to red, irritated eyes, often confused with pink eye.


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