A viral eye infection is caused by a virus. This condition is also called pink eye or viral conjunctivitis.
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Red eyes are usually caused by a viral infection and they often occur when you have a cold. If a bacterial infection occurs, discharge from your eyes becomes yellow and the eyelids are often matted together after sleeping. If this happens, you need antibiotic eyedrops even if your eyes are not red.
Viral conjunctivitis usually lasts as long as the cold (1 to 2 weeks). If one eye is red, the other eye will usually become infected over the next few days.
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