Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) Information
Known medically as conjunctivitis, "pink eye" is a common eye condition, especially in children. It occurs when the conjunctiva -- the thin piece of tissue that covers the whites of the eyes and the inner eyelids -- becomes inflamed. Not surprisingly, pink eye gets its name from one of its characteristic symptoms: pinkness or redness in one or both eyes. Other symptoms include one or both eyes being "stuck shut" in the morning, or eye crusting in the morning.
(For more information on conjunctivitis, click Pink Eye. This article contains information on what causes it, how long it lasts, and what you can do to prevent spreading it.)