Conjunctivitis (Pink eye)

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) is inflammation of the mucous membranes (conjunctiva) that cover the eyeball. It is usually caused by viruses, bacteria, allergies or chemicals.


May include tearing, irritation, itching, pain, mild sensitivity to light, redness of the conjunctiva and eye discharge.


Conjunctivitis is rarely occupational; thus the employee needs to be treated by his/her personal physician. Employee Health Services may perform an infectious disease evaluation to determine whether or not the employee is contagious and whether or not the employee is cleared to work.

Work status

Both viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are contagious. The employee is thus restricted from working with patients until his/her eyes are free of discharge. Any employee with suspected "pink eye" and eye discharge must be cleared by employee health or his/her personal physician prior to working. Nursing supervisors, charge nurses, and departmental supervisors are to send the employee home when employee health is closed. It is the responsibility of the employee to obtain a clearance from his/her personal physician to work when employee health is closed.

EHS Appointment Information

EHS is an appointment based clinic.  Please call our clinic at 916-734-3572 to inform us of your injury.  At that time and based on your injury we will work on a plan to see you or refer you to the contract urgent care center for a one time visit as an interim measure until an EHS provider will be able to see you.  If it is a non-work related injury, you will be referred to your primary care provider.