Conjunctivitis also known as Pink Eye (Level 2)

Written by T. Pascal Brown

Description: An article about conjunctivitis also known as pink eye

Instructions: Read the sentences below and answer the questions or fill in the spaces

Conjunctivitis is a type of eye infection and it is sometimes called pink eye.

It is usually caused by a viral* or a bacterial* infection.

Sometimes conjunctivitis can be caused by an allergy*.

Anyone can get conjunctivitis and being infected with it is not pleasant.

The signs of conjunctivitis are redness, swelling of the eyelids and lots of tearing*.

You can get it from sharing towels, eye makeup, pillows or contact lens equipment belonging to someone with conjunctivitis.

When a person has conjunctivitis, it is especially important to visit an eye specialist.

The treatment for conjunctivitis usually involves cleansing the eyes and taking antibiotic* eye drops.

One also needs to wash his hands before and after touching the eyes to prevent the spread of conjunctivitis.

It is best not to wear contact lenses until the infection goes away.


1. viral – a sickness or disease caused by a virus

2. bacteria – an infection or sickness caused by bacteria

3. an allergy – a body’s negative reaction towards food, drug or a chemical

4. tearing – to shed of lots of tears

5. an antibiotic – a type of medicine or drug that helps kill bacteria