Conjunctivitis is the commonest cause of red sticky eyes and occurs usually in both eyes although one may be involved earlier. It does not affect vision and is seldom very painful. Conjunctivitis commonly occurs during the course of an attack of common cold in which case it is usually viral in nature and self-limiting. Superimposed bacterial infection can exacerbate symptoms which should be treated with prescribed antibiotic drops. Conjunctivitis can be infectious.
It must be stressed that failure of conjunctivitis to resolve within a few days should warrant further eye examination by your consultant.
Conjunctivitis of recurrent nature can be due to allergic disorders and managed according to a long-term plan.
Contact lens usage should be restricted during an attack of conjunctivitis.