• Why did they put yellow dye in my daughter’s eye?


    My daughter went to the college infirmary to see if she had pink eye. They dyed her eye yellow to look in it. Is this a common practice? Her eye is now irritated from the yellow stuff they put in it.


    Yellow or fluorescein dye is used to test for a scratch on the cornea (the front clear window of the eye). Many times the applicator may touch the eye or the drop itself may be irritating for a short time. It should clear up rapidly.