In all types of conjunctivitis, the eye becomes red and feels irritable and gritty, as if there were a foreign body under the lid. There is usually some discharge and if marked this may make the eyelids stick together in the mornings. Itchiness could also be present, especially in cases of allergic conjunctivitis. The discharge around the eyelids tends to make vision only intermittently blurred (if at all) and the patient may volunteer that blinking clears the sight.

Figure 6.1. Subconjunctival haemorrhage.CQ

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