How is bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye) diagnosed?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: Karen K Yeung, OD, FAAO; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Conjunctival scrapings are often used in the diagnosis of bacterial conjunctivitis; they can be collected with topical anesthetic and gentle use of a platinum spatula or similar blunt metallic object.


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