• Can the conjunctivitis adversely affect the pressure in my eye?


    Question:

    I have a bad cold and developed viral conjunctivitis. I also have open-angle glaucoma. Can the conjunctivitis adversely affect the pressure in my eye?


    Answer:

    Generally an upper respiratory tract infection associated with a viral conjunctivitis does not affect the eye pressure. In some circumstances, if the eye becomes extremely congested, the eye pressure could increase a small amount, but this would not be typical. If you have concerns about the nature of your eye, it is important to see your ophthalmologist for a full evaluation.


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