What is the prognosis 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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The prognosis for complete recovery without sequelae is excellent in bacterial conjunctivitis, as long as the cornea is not involved. Most benign cases are treated with topical antibiotics or self-resolve. [17] Bacterial conjunctivitis generally resolves within 1-2 weeks without treatment. Complications are expected to develop only in cases caused by extremely pathogenic bacteria, such as C trachomatis or N gonorrhoeae.

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