Conjunctivitis, commonly called "pink eye", is swelling (inflammation) or infection of the membrane lining the eyelids and part of the eyeball.  Symptoms can include one or more of the following:

  • Redness of the eye(s)
  • Blurred vision 
  • Crusts that form on the eyelid overnight
  • Eye Pain
  • Gritty feeling in the eyes
  • Increased tearing
  • Itching of the eye
  • Sensitivity to light

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The Texas Department of State Health Services requires that children with suspected pink eye be excluded from school.  The child may return to school with permission and/or permit is issued by a physician or local health authority or when symptom free.