Pink Eye can mean many things about your eye. It can be caused by an infection, allergies or even inflammation of the eye. The correct medical term is called Conjunctivitis.
Conjunctivitis is a general term that means the white part of your eyeball is inflamed. The white part of your eye has a front covering called the conjunctiva and when that becomes red and inflamed, it is called conjunctivitis. So, when someone says they have pink eye, it can be caused by several things – but the most common causes are bacteria, virus or allergens.
Different Types of Conjunctivitis include the following:
Bacterial Conjunctivitis: A type of pink eye caused by bacteria.
Viral Conjunctivitis: Contagious type of pink eye caused by a virus, the most common cause of pink eye.
Allergic Conjunctivitis: This is not contagious. It is caused by allergies.