An eye that looks pink or red is indeed pink eye! But there are a number of causes for this common ailment. There are viruses or bacteria that can make the eye look horrible. There are allergies that require specific types of drops. There are foreign bodies such as dust or dirt that can scratch the cornea and cause pink eye. Rarely, there are other more serious causes, such as glaucoma or rheumatologic diseases. We’ll need to see your child in the office in order to determine the situation.
It’s advisable to make a same-day sick appointment and come see us when your child’s eyes first start getting red. If it’s the middle of the night, I would recommend administering artificial tears for comfort and then coming to the office first thing in the morning.