Children commonly develop conjunctivitis, or "pink-eye", which is an infection of the surface membrane covering the eye. The usual symptoms include redness, watering and discharge from the eye. This is frequently treated by the child's primary care provider using antibiotic eye drops. The child should be seen by an eye doctor if the symptoms do not respond promptly to treatment.
Children also are prone to developing styes on the eyelids. These are usually treated with warm compresses and/or antibiotic eye drops or ointments. The child should be seen by an eye doctor for persisting or frequently recurring eyelid infections.