Posted by Alexa Kaczka
Contact lens wearers in Richmond, Virginia, have been reminded to be alert to the risk of pink eye.
The Collegian, which is the independent student newspaper of the University of Richmond, pointed out that there has been a recent outbreak of the condition on campus.
Sarah Fisher, nurse supervisor at the university's health centre, said that people who notice the symptoms of pink eye, which include redness and discharge, should seek medical attention, especially if they wear contact lenses.
"This is just a time to be extra careful. Always wash your hands and especially if you have a cold, try not to touch your eyes," she told the newspaper.
The publication also revealed that one of the university's students has been afflicted with pink eye so severely he had to miss several days of lectures because his eyes were swollen shut.
According to the NHS, the symptoms of pink eye - which is also known as anterior uveitis - can last from a few weeks to more than three months.
by Adrian Galbreth