In accordance with GUSD policy, students with pink eye may return to school 24 hours after starting doctor prescribed eye drops or ointment.
Per CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is one of the most common and treatable eye conditions in the world. It can affect both children and adults. It is an inflammation of the thin, clear tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid (conjunctiva) and the white part of the eyeball. This inflammation makes blood vessels more visible and gives the eye a pink or reddish color.
Follow these simple self-care steps to reduce the risk of getting or spreading pink eye:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes
- Avoid sharing makeup, contact lenses and containers, and eyeglasses
The pink eye symptoms can vary, but usually include:
- Redness or swelling of the white of the eye or inside the eyelids
- Increased amount of tears
- Eye discharge which may be clear, yellow, white, or green
- Itchy, irritated, and/or burning eyes
- Gritty feeling in the eye
- Crusting of the eyelids or lashes