Pink Eye

What noninfectious conditions cause pink eye, what are noninfectious pink eye symptoms, and how are they treated? (Part 2)

Chemical pink eye

Chemical pink eye can result when any irritating substance enters the eyes. Common offending irritants are:

  • household cleaners,
  • sprays of any kind,
  • smoke,
  • foreign objects in the eye,
  • smog,
  • industrial pollutants.

Prompt, thorough washing of the eyes with very large amounts of water is very important if an irritating substance enters the eye. Your doctor or your local poison-control center should be contacted at once, even if you think the irritant or chemical is safe, as some of the most common household products like bleach and furniture polish can be very damaging.

Reviewed on 2/14/2014