What are complications of bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: Karen K Yeung, OD, FAAO; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Complications can range from mild corneal irritation to severe visual loss, which develops in cases caused by extremely pathogenic bacteria, such as Chlamydia trachomatis or Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Bacterial conjunctivitis has been estimated to account for between $377 and $875 million annually in healthcare costs in the United States. [4]


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