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Dr. Kennedy The conjunctiva is a thin clear moist membrane coating the inner surfaces of the eyelids and the outer surface of the eye. The section of the conjunctiva that coats the inner aspect of the eyelids is called the palpebral conjunctiva while that covering the outer surface of the eye is called the ocular or bulbar conjunctiva. the conjunctival fornix is loose arching fold connecting the conjunctival membrane lining the inside of the eyelid with the conjunctival membrane covering the eyeball. In anatomy, a :"fornix" is an arched structure. The word is Latin for "vault or arch."

Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctival membranes react to a wide range of bacteria, viruses, allergy-provoking agents, irritants and toxic agents. Viral and bacterial forms of conjunctivitis are common in childhood. Conjunctivitis is also called pink eye and red eye. The leading cause of a pink eye is virus infection.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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