Pink Eye

What are home treatments and care for pink eye?

Home treatment for pink eye should not be a substitute for seeking the advice of a health care professional, and it is important to take all medications as prescribed and to follow your health care professional's instructions for managing your condition. However, there are steps you can take at home to help relieve the symptoms of pink eye. Moist warm compresses applied to the eyes can help relieve symptoms. Over-the-counter artificial tears (eyedrops) can also bring relief.

You should not wear contact lenses until the pink eye has resolved. Your health care professional can offer guidance about when it is safe to resume the use of contact lenses. Eye makeup and cosmetic creams should also be avoided in the eye area until your symptoms have resolved.

Reviewed on 2/14/2014