What are possible serious complications of acute conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Michael A Silverman, MD, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Clinicians should be able to recognize a gonococcal infection in someone with ocular and genitourinary symptoms. Penetration of the cornea can occur within 2 days in patients with untreated Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Infections with N meningitidis may require systemic antibiotics to prevent meningitis.


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