• Is There a Quick Screening Test for Pink Eye?


    Question:

    Is there a rapid test for pink eye that can help differentiate viral from bacterial conjunctivitis, like a rapid strep test?


    Answer:

    Rapid screening of tears for evidence of adenovirus as a cause of pink eye has been possible for some time. This, along with an exam, can help the ophthalmologist determine whether the condition is a viral or bacterial infection. However, in my opinion, rapid testing for adenovirus is not always needed as the doctor can usually tell what kind of conjunctivitis it is based on an exam. Also, in many cases, the infection will be handled the same way regardless of its cause.