Conjunctivitis, or “pink eye” as it is commonly called, is an inflammation of the membrane of the eyelid and eyeball. It can be caused by irritation from the environment (smoke, dust, pollen, chemicals) as well as infection from viruses and bacteria. “Pink eye” due to infection can be contagious and is the only kind treated with antibiotic eye drops. For first aid measures after hours, use warm water soaks with wet wash cloths for about 5 minutes, 3-4 times a day.  Please call for an appointment when the office opens or speak with the phone nurse to determine if if is appropriate to prescribe antibiotic eye drops without a visit.